A new survey has shown a profound lack of confidence among the UK public surrounding the ability of public and private sector organisations to protect their personal data from hackers.
According to the Bit9 + Carbon Black research, which comprised a poll of over 2,000 consumers, more than four in five Britons (81 per cent) fear that unreported data breaches may already have put their information in the hands of hackers.
What’s more, almost three-quarters (73 per cent) believe the time it takes for organisations to detect and report a breach is “unacceptable”.
Fifty-nine per cent would support a fine for firms that fail to respond to cyber attacks in a timely manner, with 40 per cent saying that fine should be uncapped and seven per cent feeling security officers should actually face jail time for their failures.
“The demands for tougher penalties are an eye-opening indication of the way things could be headed if businesses don’t sit up and take note of these concerns,” commented David Flower, managing director for EMEA at Bit 9 + Carbon Black.
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