NHS Laptop Stolen

An NHS laptop holding information on 5,123 patients was stolen from a hospital in Dudley. Sean Martin, CISSP, and vice president of marketing, was not surprised that data leaks are becoming a regular occurrence in the UK and said most companies are "sitting ducks". "Despite the availability of suitable IT security solutions, companies are still not putting the necessary security measures into place. The presence of huge databases, private information stored on personal computers, and the use of mobile devices such as USB keys and laptops, have significantly increased the risks of data leakage,” said Martin.

The trust added that it has invested £135,000 into data security, which includes the roll out of data encryption software onto all its laptops and mobile devices, such as PDAs and memory sticks. However, the recently stolen device was not protected with this software.

Read the full article at Computer World UK.

Article included quotes from: Sean Martin, CISSP