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Data protection for digital nomads

NomaDesk : 18 June, 2009  (New Product)
Data storage service includes remote data destruction for stolen laptops without losing the source data
Over the last few years, prisoners and their guards, pensioners, families and their children, military service men along with British council members have seen their personal information fall into the wrong hands whether it be the result of carelessness or theft. Details about their banking information, national insurance numbers, addresses, and in certain cases, in-depth personal profiles, have been made public, putting peoples' security at risk and in some cases, undermining national security as well.

Some examples of the scandals that have rocked the press in recent years:

• In 2007, the personal data of 600,000 Navy service men was lost, along with the bank details of 3 500 of them.

• In 2007, two discs containing the information of families with children under 16 were lost. The Child Benefit data on them included address, National Insurance numbers and bank details. This affected 7.25 million families and 25 million children.

• In 2008, the Home Office lost data on all of England's 600,000 prisoners, 40,000 of which are considered serious criminals, and exposed 5,000 prison guards to blackmail.

• Last December, the Ministry of Defence admitted to losing over a 100 USB keys and 650 laptops over the last 4 years.

• Recently, a laptop containing the personal data of 109,000 Pensions Trust members was lost.

These examples show that despite the large amounts of money spent by corporations and organizations to protect their data, they are still struggling to find effective solutions. The structural difficulties behind building a tight security net are proportional to the size of the body that demands one. This is why SMEs and small working teams have a technological advantage when it comes to data security and should not be overlooked but rather used to their advantage. To guarantee their protection, they can use solutions such as NomaDesk, a file sharing service that offers not only a quick and simple way to store, file, share and secure documents on a day-to-day basis, but also a safe and cost-effective service to avoid embarrassing, and more importantly, costly incidents. According to research made by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a lost laptop is $49,246 , exceeding by far the cost of the hardware itself.

Designed for digital nomads, NomaDesk's solution features TheftGuard an innovative and exclusive technology, which allows users to shred files from a distance. When a laptop is stolen, the user is typically no longer logged on, and therefore, the data on the hard drive is invisible, inaccessible and encrypted. However, if the password has been stolen or the laptop is stolen while the user is still logged on, NomaDesk can remove the data at the user's request remotely. The information stored on the laptop is never lost, as it is always saved on NomaDesk's fileservers.

NomaDesk's software can be downloaded from the NomaDesk web site and easily installed with a 30-day free trial.
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