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Welsh Assembly Government staff lose 24 laptops in two years

IT equipment valued at £21,000 was lost or stolen from Welsh Assembly Government staff in the past two years, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

This includes 24 laptops and 30 mobile phones, according to the response to the FOI request by mobile voice encryption firm GSMK CryptoPhone.

This represents only 1% of the total number of laptops and mobile devices used by the Welsh Assembly government.

But, in government, just one device could be the equivalent of losing a whole filing cabinet of confidential data, said Bjoern Rupp, chief executive of GSMK CryptoPhone.

Government organisations could easily reduce the information security risk by adopting encrypted secure storage for contacts, notes, schedules and call history on all mobile devices, he said.

"Following a private sector call to action, many governments have realised this huge security hole and have begun to equip staff with secured devices," said Rupp.


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