Data leakage is increasingly a problem. People have to realise that securing this sort of information is not just about technology and software but it requires education of staff.
Security experts have expressed astonishment that the missing child benefit data discs which could leave 25 million people at risk of ID fraud were not encrypted before being copied on to CDs and put in the post.
They said the password protection system could be broken by hackers “within minutes” with software downloadable from the internet.
Tony Harbon, Managing Director of network security firm Clearview Systems, said public sector organisations were coming to realise that having a policy on how information should be used was not enough.
They must also train staff on how to follow the guidelines, he said.
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