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Media informs government of data loss

Lumension Security : 09 September, 2008  (Application Story)
Government embarrassment as News of the World reveals prison staff data loss a year after the event
Another urgent Government inquiry is underway following the latest data loss incident in which, Justice Secretary Jack Straw admitted being tipped off by the News of the World. A 500GB data disk, containing personal records of 5,000 prison staff, has been missing for more than a year.

Andrew Clarke, senior vice president, International, Lumension Security comments:

"It is a sorry state of affairs when newspapers are informing the Government of their data loss. But, it is good to see that the media is doing its job as 'watchdog'. This is just the latest in a very long list of data losses and more attention needs to be given to the transportation methods of data and its security. It's extremely worrying that the Justice Minister remained blissfully unaware of this latest situation; how many more does he not know about?

"It will be almost impossible for the Government to back track to find out what data has been leaked over the years, whether it be on disc, misplaced laptops or USB drives. So, we need to make sure that, moving forward, all data is fully protected. Protecting data is not just about encrypting the data on the stick it is about controlling who can gain access to it and why they need it.

"Once more the Government is facing embarrassment and the peoples' trust is dwindling further. Protecting sensitive data is not beyond control and the Government needs to ensure these cases cease to exist. The only way to prevent data loss from removable devices is to take control of inbound and outbound data from all endpoints, and encrypt all data during transmission."
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