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Data loss 'set to double'
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The number of people affected by data loss is set to double to 190 million in 2009, according to research by KPMG.
A study by the financial services firm also reveals that 2008 will have seen 427 reported incidents of this nature, the highest level seen since records began in 2005.
Malcolm Marshall, KPMG partner, predicts that the trend is set to continue next year, news which might interest IT recruitment staff.
He said: "Sectors such as telecommunications and utilities could be seen by criminal gangs as soft targets for sophisticated attacks."
The bodies which will be most affected by the crime are those which share data with external providers and other third parties, Mr Marshall added.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that computer skills will be seen as vital by many firms.
The newspaper predicted that the education and healthcare sectors in particular will generate a demand for IT professionals.