“The laptop was one of 20 that have gone missing from a store room at London Health Programmes, based at the NHS North Central London health authority. According to the report eight have been recovered with the search ongoing for the other 12. The loss occurred three weeks ago but has only just been reported to the police, according to the Sun report.”
Recent research has shown that laptop theft is now judged by CTOs to be the highest risk area for the loss of valuable company data. There are many partial solutions, including encryption and mapping data on laptops. None can restore lost data to its rightful owner.
According to the Sun report, “One of the missing laptops contained sensitive details of 8.63 million people as well as records of 18 million hospital visits, operations and procedures….Information contained on the laptop was not encrypted, which Nick Lowe of security firm Check Point described as “essential” to safeguard personal records.”
Recent high-profile data breaches and the theft of portable devices results in careless loss of important proprietary data and theft of exclusive information from large corporations. How do you guard the élan vital of your organization? The first step is better understanding where your company’s sensitive data lives, and from there you should take the necessary steps to lock and protect it with the InterGuard Data Loss Prevention, DLP solution, and the InterGuard Laptop Cop protection.
“When a machine contains highly sensitive information on literally millions of patients, not securing the data on it by any means possible isn’t just careless: its sheer negligence. With the value of the data on such a machine in the tens of thousands of pounds, spending a little extra on security should be a no-brainer.”
As more and more of our critical information becomes digital and heads toward the clouds it is an absolute now to have the proper protection and IT security measures in place to prevent these types of situations form happening.