The following is an excerpt from Updating your data protection strategy, a free industry guide that looks at new data protection regulations in places like Europe, America, and Australia, and how to protect against the number one cause of data breaches. Catch up on the previous posts here: part 1, and part 2.
Potential data breach: Accidentally emailing the wrong person
Almost half (43%) of all data breaches reported to the ICO in the first half of 2019 were the result of incorrect disclosure. If it happens internally it can be embarrassing, but if an email is sent externally and gets in the wrong hands, it can be seriously damaging to a business’s reputation and have major financial consequences.
Stop email data breaches and stay compliant
Solution: An email add-in to confirm recipients
Email recipient checking technology assesses the domain names of recipient email addresses and assigns a risk level based on whether they are internal, external or public domains. The sender is then required to confirm the external and public recipients and their email addresses. Once this is complete the email can be sent.
Email recipient checking solutions commonly protect against other sources of inadvertent data disclosure such as Reply All or Reply All when blind copied on a thread (BCC). In these instances, users must confirm that is the intended action. A law firm partner recently shared with us that she had accidentally sent her tax return to the entire firm by Replying All on the wrong thread and in doing so revealed full details of her earnings.