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Human factors in data loss can be engineered out.

Absolute Software : 18 December, 2007  (Technical Article)
Absolute Software believes that the human element which led to recent embarrassing data loss incidents by the UK Government could have been prevented with using policies and technologies that don't rely so heavily on the human factor.
The stories of data loss by government departments is becoming a worryingly regular occurrence. Sadly, at the end of the day, most of these stories are down to human error. Disks or drives have been removed, stored, dispatched and so on, with little thought for the safety and security of the data concerned. Encrypting data does not solve the problem. And although you can't legislate against human error, there are technologies, such as those offered by Absolute Software, that can help safeguard the data, either through tracking the asset or remotely deleting the data where appropriate.

Businesses need to create rules on how information is stored, accessed and transported, including on- and off-site practices, desktop, mobile device and removable drive guidelines, as well as controls for the download and remote transmission of specific types of information. In order to facilitate this, they would be wise to implement an asset tracking solution - this will improve the IT manager's ability to track and manage all the assets of the company, and helps avoid increased security risks. In addition, by having the ability to remotely delete sensitive data, the issue of whether the data is accessible by thieves or not is no longer an issue. Whether the asset is retrieved or not, the risk is removed.

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