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Council Data Loss Prevention Requires More Than CoCo Compliance

DigitalPersona : 09 February, 2011  (Technical Article)
DigitalPersona believes that local authorities and other government bodies should go beyond "Code of Connection" guidelines and implement centrally managed disk encryption to prevent data losses
"The news that two London councils have been fined by the ICO for having unencrypted laptops stolen is both surprising and disappointing. After all, since September 2009, local authorities have had to be compliant with the Code of Connection (CoCo) regulations which mandate full disk encryption on laptops where data security is needed.



"Being compliant with CoCo is not just about implementing disk encryption, but ensuring that encryption is properly managed across the organisation, its employees and their devices. For example, some employees may be tempted to disable encryption to fractionally improve boot-up times; but with centrally-managed disk encryption makes it impossible for users to diasble encryption on their own machines.



"It's easy to blame employees for losing their devices, but it's a fact of life that laptops, PDAs and smartphones will always get lost, left behind or stolen. With larger organisations - like councils and government departments - the greater number of devices will go missing. What's more, these machines are likely to contain sensitive and confidential data.



"Effective data security is about more than complying to the letter of the CoCo regulations - it's about ensuring that there are foolproof systems are in place to encrypt and protect sensitive data on every device throughout the organisation."
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