Patient data loss forces NHS Trusts to adopt encryption

Four NHS trusts have agreed to adopt encryption after being found in breach of the Data Protection Act by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

With the security of data being of critical importance to all organisations, none more so then in the public health sector, why do we see data loss over and over again in the public eye?

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust lost the medical treatment details of 741 patients.

Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust lost medical treatment details of 6,360 patients in Her Majesty’s Prison Preston.

Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust reported the loss of medical treatment details of 2,300 patients.

This is a stark reminder, not only to Trusts but to all organisations, that information is not always handled with adequate security and responsibility.

But what are the other common risks?  The most familiar and unnoted risk is in the transportation of unencrypted data via tape.  The daily tape backup routine, whether it is performed by an IT technician or secretary, carries the responsibility of holding the crown jewels to their organisation in an unencrypted and exposed format.

So what other ways can an organisation backup and protect their critical data? Is there a best practice to avoid data loss and ensure the encryption of data both in and outside the workplace?

Backup Technology can provide best practice for data backup using our market leading Online Backup, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity solutions which are fully automated and encrypted up to 256 bit AES.

Take the required steps now before your organisation is the next in the press for data loss

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