Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
News

Energy supplier loses sensitive customer data from unencrypted laptop

PGP (GB) : 22 June, 2009  (Technical Article)
An Irish energy company has allowed the private data of 75,000 customers to become compromised through not encrypting a laptop which was subsequently stolen
Irish energy provider, Bord Gáis, has seen an unencrypted laptop containing the bank account details of 75,000 of its customers stolen from its Dublin offices. The theft occurred on 5th June 2009, but has only just been revealed as the gardaí was following a particular line of investigation.

Jamie Cowper, Director of Marketing EMEA, at data encryption expert PGP Corporation, has made these comments:

"This latest data breach shows that, despite countless previous incidents, companies still haven't learnt the importance of protecting customer data. Bord Gáis needs to make it clear why it was necessary for a significant number of customer records to be on an unprotected machine.

"As we enter a digital age, companies are storing increasingly large volumes of data. This means proven technologies, such as data encryption, must be rolled out so that company data is always protected - wherever it is stored and regardless of who is in possession of it.

"Whilst Bord Gaís has since rolled out encryption to all of its laptops, there remains the question of why this was not already standard procedure. Data encryption should be a preventative measure, not reactive, and in this case would have saved the company reputational damage and potentially costly financial consequences. Most importantly, it would have kept customer data totally secure."
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 ProSecurityZone.com
Netgains Logo