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Prediction of further data loss exposures comes true.

SafeBoot : 21 January, 2008  (Technical Article)
After justice committee review in light of HMRC data loss, armed forces laptop theft remains a shock despite prediction of further loss revelations.
According to media reports, a junior royal navy officer is facing a court martial after a laptop containing personal data of 60,000 people, including serving personnel and thousands of potential recruits, has been stolen from a car in Birmingham.

Tom de Jongh, product manager, SafeBoot a data encryption and mobile security specialist commented:

"This is another embarrassment for the Government, who has faced enormous data security scrutiny over the past months, following the HMRC debacle. Winning back public trust seems somewhat of a pipe dream with this recent security breach and it is becoming increasingly clear that data security is in a serious state of disarray.

"This breach follows just three weeks after a review of data security by the Justice Select Committee, which went as far as recommending criminal sentencing for reckless data leakage. You would think the severity of transporting data on mobile devices would have sunk in by now.

"Implementing relatively straight-forward security policies, for example mandatory data encryption, will go a long way to ensuring future issues do not arise. These policies must be a top-down affair, with those at the top leading by example, setting strict standards for junior employees. Data threats and policy must also be communicated properly to all employees; data security should be part of the culture of government.

"The government needs to get its house in order and ensure this is the last we hear of such incidents."
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