I’m not surprised at all when I read an article where a mobile computer (notebook, laptop, tablet) is lost or stolen that may contain sensitive data. I’ve become numb to it in many cases.
In the last week I have read about a doctor who “misplaced” his notebook, and it contained detailed medical records on it (it was later recovered), and in one trade journal I read where a law office hired a technician to upgrade existing computers to new computers they had purchased and it turns out the “technician” was a convicted felon, who used his access to lift one of the old notebooks, which contained client data.
However, the one I read about today over on the Discovery website takes the cake… Read it HERE.
It seems as though NASA lost a laptop computer about a year ago that contained the control codes for the International Space Station. No mention of whether they had made any attempts at all to protect their assets, I would have to research this one further to determine that.
The bottom line here is this: If you run a business, and your mobile computers contain financial, medical or any other sensitive information, you owe it to your clients to protect that data at all costs. In many cases, there are compliance requirements here that cover this, but they go ignored so often.
What can you do? Hire an expert in the field to advise you what to do with your mobile computer, or mobile fleet of computers so they are protected. It may be as simple and as inexpensive as encryption.
Homeland Secure IT would love to schedule a time to discuss these matters with you in the Greenville / Upstate, SC area. Please call us at 864.990.4748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.