Sensitive Info on laptops

  jack 09:56 05 May 2007

Two clips on BBX ceefax new this morning.
1. M&S staff info[20,000] on a laptop stoled from a

2.Essex county council caste laptop sold on E-bay
with more info.
In each case these machines one assumes are in the charge/supervision of an IT pro, So how come this sort of thing can happen.-
In the case of the Essex machine[s] one assumes suitable clearance of the drives should have been carried out before release[I appreciate a truly inquizitive individual could still tease it out the machine]
The M&S case is different I guess it depends on who's laptop it is that was stolen - M&S or the Printer's
Either way this info should have been on external storage[CD or flash drive] kept in a secure location

  johndrew 10:10 05 May 2007

In both cases good solid encryption with a password that was unlikely to be broken would have helped. But people don`t see laptops as any more at risk than desktops for some reason; even though they are designed to be easily transported.

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