It may be a cliché but it can’t be said enough: where security breaches are concerned, it’s not if but when. Breaches are splashed across the front pages of the news on an almost daily basis, with some of the world’s biggest companies falling victim. But the story behind these latest breaches to hit the headlines is different.
Just last year, the Red Cross Blood Service suffered a breach of its valuable patient data, but how did it end up in the public domain? Unlike the usual narrative, the Red Cross didn’t see its systems hacked by ransomware or have cyber criminals find a weakness in its security strategy.
This unfortunate mistake happened after a contractor left an unsecured back up copy of the data on a development website.