Portable devices like lap tops and USB sticks offer greater practicality and flexibility than desktop devices, but what are the associated risks?
If you provide USB sticks and lap tops to your employees to enable them to perform their work outside the office environment, then you face the challenge to secure the information that is stored on these devices.
Failure to encrypt confidential data, stored on USB sticks and laptops, is a breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA).
In 2011 a report from Big Brother Watch uncovered more than 1,000 data loss incidents across local authorities. A total of 435 of these cases involved the loss or theft of unencrypted USB sticks, laptops or mobile devices.
The Information Commissioner’s Office position on encryption is clear:
“All personal information – the loss of which is liable to cause individuals damage and distress – must be encrypted. This is one of the most basic security measures and is not expensive to put in place – yet we continue to see incidents being reported to us. This type of breach is inexcusable and is putting people’s personal information at risk unnecessarily”. Sally-Anne Poole, Enforcement Group Manager.
Reduce the likelihood of a data breach by taking advantage of these cost-effective corporate solutions today:
1. Secure your mobile data whilst in transit:
|SafeXs FIPS 197 USB Stick
The SafeXs is an enterprise-level secure USB with encryption hardware and CESG-approved. It is the preferred government and enterprise USB stick, and the one chosen by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), with over 1 million already in use.
|SafeXs FIPS 197 USB Stick Silver Package
This is an ideal solution for small enterprises looking for a secure-USB solution all in one for an effective price. Includes 25 x FIPS 197, CESG-accredited, 2GB SafeXs sticks and 25 x one-year licences for SafeConsole Lite.
2. Secure your data on your laptops, desktops and servers:
|Symantec PGP Whole Disk Encryption
PGP Whole Disk Encryption from Symantec offer full disk encryption for laptops, desktops and servers that is FIPS 140-2 and CESG-approved. It is easy to use, ensures compliance accountability and simplifies day-to-day operations.
|Mobile Security: A Pocket Guide
A concise, practical briefing on the key issues surrounding mobile security. The recommendations contained in this pocket guide are designed to enable your organisation to enjoy the benefits of mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) without sacrificing the ability to operate as safely and securely as possible.