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Insolvency service laptop goes missing

Lumension Security : 18 September, 2008  (Technical Article)
Police in Manchester are looking into Insolvency Service laptop theft which could expose details of over 100 bankrupt company directors
Greater Manchester police are investigating the theft of a laptop owned by The Insolvency Service. According to media reports, four laptops were stolen, one of which contained personal details of 122 company directors of bankrupt companies.

Andrew Clarke, senior vice president, International, Lumension Security comments: "It seems that more and more sensitive information is ending up in the public arena. Bankruptcy is without doubt a traumatic experience for anyone to have to go through, but to have the finer details of that process stolen, will only exacerbate the situation for the 122 directors concerned.

"The portability of laptops and USB devices has presented a real data loss issue in recent years. We have seen too many cases of sensitive information held by both the Government and industry end up in the wrong hands.

"Organisations need to realise that safeguarding sensitive data should start at the network door. It is essential to monitor network access and only allow authorised individuals to connect and download data onto authorised devices. Once data access control and encryption work hand-in-hand we can go a long way to reduce the risk of sensitive data breaches."
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