Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Stolen Laptop = Stolen Data

Earlier, in How Safe is Your Data? I discussed a story pointing to a rise in data breaches. This was something we experienced on our campus last year, with a rash of stolen laptops - even a desktop and a projector from one of our labs. The response on our campus was to be much more selective regarding who does and does not receive a laptop computer. In fact, anyone that wanted a laptop had to provide a written justification detailing why they needed a laptop. Appaerently, we were not alone as this was part of a larger national trend. Wired Campus: Theft of Computers Holding Personal Data Is on the Rise at Research Universities
The Campus Computing Project, an annual survey of colleges’ information-technology practices, shows that from 2006 to 2007, colleges of all types saw a 3.6-percent increase in the number of stolen computers with sensitive data.

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