Sensitive data lost by RAF bases could put thousands in jeopardy

It was recently revealed that top secret data regarding aircraft systems and overseas missions was lost from Lincolnshire RAF bases at least 17 times in a single year. Also included in the missing information were details of operations outside the UK and military weapons. The missing reports were made to the Ministry of Defence by RAF Coningsby and RAF Waddington.

A report from the ministry stated that the information related to mission data, equipment deployment and trials to other countries as well as data from aircrafts and archived intelligence briefings. These figures were only made known after a Freedom of Information request was submitted to the Government.

A spokesperson from the MoD said that any such data loss incident was regretted and would be treated with great seriousness. This data loss incident is just one of the many extremely serious incidents to have taken place since last year. However, the MoD is taking great steps to improve the security of sensitive and personal data.

One of the required steps companies and agencies are being asked to take is investing in an online data backup to ensure the complete protection of sensitive information. Remote data backups like offsite data backups can help restore information quickly should it get lost or stolen.

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