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Unencrypted Laptop Disappears From NHS

Check Point : 16 June, 2011  (Technical Article)
Check Point comments on the essential requirement for strong encryption on mobile computers following the large scale loss of patient records from an unprotected NHS laptop computer
Following the announcement that an unencrypted laptop with records of over 8 million patients and 18 million hospital visits has gone missing from London Health Programmes, Nick Lowe, head of sales, Western Europe for data security specialist Check Point said: “The scale of this potential data loss drives home just how essential it is to have mandatory, strong encryption on all sensitive, personal on laptops and portable storage devices – even if those devices are stored in supposedly secure areas within buildings.

 

“But according to our December 2010 survey, less than half of all UK firms encrypt their laptops – and that figure hasn’t really changed in the last three years.  So data security is still being mostly left to chance.”
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