UK businesses are neglecting laptop security

Darren Allan

November 24, 2010

It seems that businesses in the UK are failing to take adequate security precautions with portable computers.

A survey conducted by security firm Check Point, as reported by CBR Systems, indicated that more than half of staff don’t use any form of device or data encryption to protect their laptop.

Nick Lowe, Head of Sales for Western Europe at Check Point, told CBR: “All the data security surveys conducted by Check Point in the UK in the last three years have consistently revealed similar results. The use of encryption on corporate laptops has not grown, with less than 50% having data encryption deployed.”

The study also revealed that nearly 70% of firms had a virtual private network running on their portables, potentially opening up corporate networks if the laptops don’t have the appropriate security precautions.

Data breaches are now matters over which the ICO can fine heavily, and indeed the Commissioner laid down the first two penalties this morning. Sheffield based employment services company A4e was fined £60,000 for having a laptop stolen which contained the unencrypted details of over 20,000 people.

Hertfordshire County Council also had a £100,000 penalty imposed for sending two faxes to the wrong machine, resulting in members of the public receiving sensitive details of a child abuse case.


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