Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The British Government Loses 1 Laptop per Week

Although a health care office doesn't have nearly as many employees as the British government, security is always a concern. The simple fact that lots of government employees are given portable storage devices means that a certain number of them will be lost or stolen no matter how many safeguards are in place.

Part of the safety protocol should be to encrypt data or to require passwords to boot. At least that way the ordinary person who finds/steals a laptop or similar device will have to reformat the hard drive in order to use it. This won't get your device back, but it should keep your data safe and in the big picture, it's the data that is the valuable part.

Simple things like encrypted portable hard drives and BIOS passwords for laptops will keep the majority of thieves from accessing sensitive data.

A better way is to never let the device leave your sight, but that may not be practical. If you have an employee who keeps confidential data on a laptop, you owe it to yourself to explore your security options.

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