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Hard disc security nightmares

Head: Hard disc security nightmares

The German media has reported that a Brandenburg police hard drive containing highly sensitive operational and personal information was sold over eBay for 20 euros.

In light of this, mobile device security company Pointsec has issued guidelines to firms wanting to protect their data on desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

The guidlines are:

* Desktops can go mobile at different points in their lifetime. Therefore, be stringent about keeping them secure and encrypted throughout their use

* Keep tabs on desktops when they get repaired or upgraded as they often can get mislaid or lost when out in the "wild"

* If the data on your old equipment is not encrypted, make sure that you re-format it at least eight times, or use professional "wiping-clean" software to erase the data. If the information is very sensitive and you want to ensure that not even the cleverest hacker will ever be able to read the old hard drive, burn it!

* Don't ever rely on mobile workers to secure their mobile devices as most will not bother with the security features. Therefore, make passwords, access codes and encryption mandatory and centrally manage it

* Administer a mobile use policy, which sets up company guidelines on securing mobile devices and educate the staff in this policy.

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