There have been more than 800 breaches of business data security over the past few years, new figures reveal.

According to statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), since 2007, there have been over 800 business data security breaches, almost 200 of which were the results of mistakes.

The figures showed that 262 data beaches were due to criminal theft and in just two months, a further 100 organisations have reported data security breaches to the ICO.

Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith urged firms to prioritise business data security otherwise they could find themselves faced with hefty fines.

“Talking to us may result in regulatory action, however, organisations must act responsibly,” he said.

“We are keen to work with organisations to prevent breaches occurring in the first place and to help put things right when things do go wrong.”

A recent Credant Technology survey found that around 4,500 portable data storage devices have been misplaced over the past few months.

Posted by Suzanne Stock – Communications Director, HR, Online Advertising, General Marketing