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Increase in data breaches

IT company DSA Connect, predicts a huge increase in data breaches by British organisations as a result of the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. It warns this could add millions of pounds to the losses incurred by employers, but the true cost could take some time to unfold, because many data breaches can take 100 days or more to be discovered.

The company says the increase in data breaches will be fuelled by a dramatic rise in phishing websites – up 350% between January to March 2020, and depleted workforces and employees having to work from home where they are more susceptible to cyber-attacks.

Chairman Harry Benham, said: β€œIn the wake of coronavirus and with more people working from home, fraudsters have stepped up their targeting of companies and their employees, and this dramatically increases the chances of data breaches.”

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