Published on 06 Jan 2023 | Updated on 21 Feb 2023
A data breach, in relation to personal data, refers to any unauthorised access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification or disposal of personal data. It also includes the loss of any storage medium or device, on which personal data is stored, in circumstances where the unauthorised access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification or disposal of the personal data is likely to occur.
For individuals, practising good cyber hygiene measures can help to mitigate the impact of having their data exposed, in the event of a data breach. Organisations also need to raise their defences against common data breach vectors to reduce the risk of a data breach and implement adequate cybersecurity measures to minimise the impact to their customers.
To find out more about the common causes of data breaches and cybersecurity measures individuals can take to reduce the risks and impact of data breaches, refer to our advisory here. For the cybersecurity measures and data breach response plan for organisations, refer to our advisory here.