Australian finance department regrets second data leak in four months.

February 22, 2024
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  • Australian finance department accidentally leaks confidential information for the second time
  • New data shows government sector breaches primarily caused by human error, not criminal acts

The Australian finance department has issued an apology after inadvertently sharing confidential commercial information, including price scales from consulting firms such as Deloitte and KPMG. This incident marks the second data leak in four months, leading to concerns about the procurement process’s credibility. The data breach statistics released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner indicate that the government sector is among the top five sectors impacted by breaches, with human error being a significant contributing factor.

The finance department has taken steps to rectify the situation by conducting an independent review of the breaches and apologizing for the oversight. However, critics, including shadow finance minister Jane Hume and independent senator David Pocock, have expressed dismay over the repeat occurrences and the implications for affected suppliers. The OAIC data reveals that breaches in the health sector were the most prevalent, followed by the finance and insurance sectors, with malicious attacks and human errors being the primary causes.

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