Laptop Thefts Threaten Security

Low costs of encryption, easy security measures could make laptop theft a non-issue

Since the theft, VA Secretary Jim Nicholson has ordered an inventory and review of all current positions requiring access to sensitive agency data.

Employees who need access to do their jobs will be required to undergo an updated background check.

Charles Perkins, a spokesman for Ernst & Young, said the accounting firm was encrypting employee laptops when the one containing information was stolen.

Potential victims must remain vigilant. Criminals know that companies will put 90-day holds on accounts and sometimes wait longer before trying to access them, Ms. Santarelli said.

On the bright side, a stolen laptop may never get into the hands of someone who can access, or use, the information on it, security professionals said.

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