The Personal Finance Society (PFS) has released the following statement about a data breach this afternoon, which, after notifying all its membership, is as follows:
“The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) informed the Personal Finance Society (PFS) that CII’s IT systems had been accessed by an unauthorised third party, which affected some of our members. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was informed and a detailed investigation launched immediately. This investigation has now been completed and affected PFS members have been informed.
We of course take any incident of this nature very seriously and are engaged with the CII on how they are strengthening their cyber defences as an urgent priority. Although we are advised that only a limited amount of personal data was accessed, we would always advise PFS members to be especially vigilant when it comes to their cyber security. The PFS leadership advises all members to continue to be cautious in responding to unsolicited emails and closely monitor for any suspicious or unusual activity.”