EDS will now have security checks

Soon after a recent loss of sensitive data, the computer giant, Electronic Data Systems, will have to face annual audits for security standards said the justice secretary. Jack Straw said that EDS will bring in “appropriate classroom and computer-based training packages”.

These changes came soon after a review concluded that the personal details of 256 National Offender Management Service staff stored on a hard drive were lost by EDS. The data loss happened in July 2007, but did not come to notice until July 2008. Mr Straw said that this situation occurred due to EDSís lack of a tracking system.

Mr Straw also added that EDS had informed the NOMSíS IT security team in July. The security team failed to take necessary action as the ministers and senior officials had no idea of this data loss event till 6th September.

Until that time, the details of almost 5,000 people were lost from the hard drive. After a detailed investigation, it was found that it contained 256 items of personal and sensitive information. This was sensitive data like address details, bank details, National Insurance numbers and date of birth. Mr Straw also said that there are no indications as to whether this information has entered the public domain or not.

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