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Hard Drive Encryption Software: NHSs in Devon Lose Patient Data 30 Times

Three health trusts in the UK have had 30 data breaches in the past two years, according to reports.  The losses included laptop thefts and memory sticks with sensitive data.  These were not protected with encryption in all of the cases.  Irresponsible behavior, it seems, seeing how a simple solution like hard drive encryption software from AlertBoot could have easily minimized any instances of a data breach from occurring.

Lost From Secured Premises

According to the BBC, Devon Primary Care Trust, Derriford Hospital, and Torbay Primary Care Trust have reported that they've had 30 breaches in total.  Derriford lost data five times; Devon had two incidents; Torbay had one...which is weird, because, how does that add up to 30?  None of the other health trusts in Devon reported data losses.  Something's definitely not adding up.

The lost information seems to be a mish-mash of patient data which may have included NHS numbers, names, medical conditions, and other information, depending on the breach.  In none of the cases is it mentioned that the information was protected, although the use of password-protection was mentioned in certain cases.  (There is very little "protection" present when you use password-protection, though.)

We've Learned Our Lesson

According to the BBC, "all the health trusts which lost data said they had learned from the cases."

Really?  They must be some slow learners.  I mean, having one data breach...fine, ok; you've probably learnt a lesson, and perhaps you've started using encryption software to protect your devices at the workplace.

But five incidents over two years?  What kind of lesson learned is that?

Decentralized Offices = Delayed Encryption Deployments

I have absolutely no idea how these health trusts are set up.  That is, is a trust made up of many individual centers, or is it just one big building?  Because, if trusts are composed of many different locations , it's somewhat understandable why data security is hard to achieve, including the deployment of encryption (and other software, actually).

Or rather, it used to be in the past.  While I don't think one can claim updating security on hundreds or even thousands of computers will ever be easy, the presence of the internet has allowed some relief, at least in the area of deploying centralized encryption.

With internet-based encryption, it's possible for an IT administrator to command and control the encryption statuses of computers anywhere an internet connection is available, as well as apply port control as necessary.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/news/Care-trust-reveals-theft-patients-data/article-1368942-detail/article.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8272194.stm

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.