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Police and CPS criticised for "widespread" data loss - comment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Rui Biscaia, Director of Product Management at Watchful Software, comments: “The revelation of ‘widespread’ cases of sensitive data being lost by the police and Crown Prosecution Service demonstrates that the organisations are in desperate need of prioritising data security. 

“Security and data loss prevention policies such as information rights management and role-based access controls should be a central part of the organisations’ work to modernise and prevent these incidents.

“All data must be classified by order of importance, and access should be restricted to only a handful of essential users for the most sensitive data. If the data is encrypted in this way, it will be useless to anyone except authorised users, greatly reducing the impact of lost laptops and storage devices.

“While the loss or theft of devices will always be a concern, this will prevent the disaster of data such as vulnerable victim testimonies or suspect interviews from falling into the wrong hands or becoming public.

“Alongside more modern technology and data policies, organisation-wide education campaigns should be enacted to drive home the importance of good practice. All devices also need to be locked with strong passwords to reduce the chances of unauthorised users being able to get into lost or stolen devices in the first place

“Until these practices become the norm across all parts of the police and CPS, it will be impossible to guarantee the safety of vital data, causing unnecessary distress to victims and hampering investigations.”
 
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