An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ISO), found that Rochdale Metropolitan Bourough Council breached the Data Protection Act by losing an unencrypted memory stick containing the details of over 18,000 residents.
“Storing the details of over 18,000 constituents on an unencrypted device is clearly unacceptable. This incident could have been easily avoided if adequate security measures had been in place.” – Sally Anne Poole, Acting Head of Enforcement.
The only certain way to avoid breaching the DPA is to issue all staff with encrypted memory sticks in place of ordinary ones.
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We’re also providing, for free, a customisable USB stick policy and procedure templates that help implement cross-company usage of encrypted USB sticks for every order of 20 or more USB Sticks.
The free templates are:
- Encrypted USB policy statement
- Staff Acceptable Use Agreement
- Usage of USB device procedure, including roles and responsibilities.
AND, as an added bonus, we will send you a set of Information Security posters. These are fantastic for visualising the importance of information security within your business.
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