Another reason to consider data encryption for your College-owned computer or device

In February 2012, it was reported by the Business Post and Irish Examiner, that Eircom experienced a data breach of security that affected nearly 7,000 eMobile and Meteor customers.

The data breach was caused by three stolen Eircom laptops which were not encrypted.  The personal and financial information of nearly 550 customers was ‘at risk’.

In August 2013, it was reported that dozens of HSE laptops, USB sticks, and smartphones with sensitive, unencrypted files were lost or stolen between January 2009 and December 2012.  In this instance, personal data includes details such as a customer’s name, address, and telephone number, as well as the personal information of HSE staff.

The shocking bit of these two stories is that breaches happen so often that it’s not shocking anymore.  This is why we are urging staff and students who use College-owned laptops or devices to consider data encryption. 

It could happen to anyone: you’re on your way home on the bus after a long day, you put the laptop down at your feet, your stop comes, you get up and forget the laptop.  All of the data on your laptop is now at risk.  Unless of course, the data was encrypted.

The College data encryption service, Check Point, fully encrypts the entire hard disk and all data including the operating system.  It is easy to use and is vital to the security and protection of sensitive data.

If you’re interested in learning more, please see our page on the Check Point laptop encryption service.

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