UPS encrypts laptops and smart phones after data loss

Logisitics giant UPS is encrypting all its laptops and smart phones, following the loss of payroll data last year.

An unencrypted password-protected laptop was stolen from a UPS staff member on business abroad in October 2008.

The machine contained the payroll data of more than 9,000 UK based UPS employees, including employees’ names, addresses, dates of birth, National Insurance numbers, as well as salary and bank details.

All UK employees were notified by UPS of the theft and precautionary measures were organised for them, the Information Commissioner said, adding that UPS has also signed an Undertaking to assure the Information Commissioner’s Office that personal information will be kept securely in future.

Mick Gorrill, Assistant Information Commissioner, said “Password protected laptops are not secure. I urge all organisations to restrict the amount of personal information that is taken off secure sites.

“I am pleased that UPS has encrypted its laptops and smartphones, and I urge other organisations to follow suit.” UPS is updating its security policies and is implementing a number of other changes to protect personal information in the future.”

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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