Be afraid, be very afraid

In a March 2007 Computer Magazine article (Taking a Hard-Line Approach to Encryption), Cameron Laird wrote:

Most of the lost information has come from misplaced, stolen, loaned, improperly reassigned, or discarded laptops, although desktop computers also present a risk. Many organizations have experienced potentially troublesome problems. For example, a recent audit by the US Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General revealed that the FBI has lost 160 laptops over a 44-month period.

If an organization such as the FBI is loosing almost 4 laptops a month, we can only hope that the adoption of encrypted hard-drives be as widespread and as fast as announced.

20 PCs missing from US nuclear security agency

UPDATE 2 – Why bother about the computer when you can download software from anywhere in the world!


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