Patient data lost by two NHS trusts

Over the last couple of years, there have been several major data loss incidents. Data loss is a problem that is faced by many individuals, businesses and organisations worldwide.

Recently, two NHS trusts have suffered data loss. In one of the cases, a laptop that was carrying unencrypted data of about 5,000 patients was stolen from the premises of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University trust, in South Wales.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the computer was stolen by an opportunistic thief when the office was left unlocked. To improve the security of data in the near future, an agreement was signed by the trust to encrypt the data.

In another case, a memory stick that contained unencrypted personal information about staff and patients was lost by the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys foundation trust.

After these incidents, the organisation has decided to use encryption techniques to safeguard valuable information. An online data backup service can prove to be extremely beneficial at such times. With the special encryption technique that it uses, one can be assured about security of data.

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