Reading Borough Council encrypts staff laptops

Reading Borough Council has issued its staff with encrypted laptops to protect confidential client data against theft and abuse.

Reading Borough Council has issued its staff with encrypted laptops to protect confidential client data against theft and abuse.

An “increasingly mobile users base” includes social and care workers who record confidential case notes on the laptop while in the field.

John Barnfield, the council’s IT programme and service delivery manager, said the threat of a £5,000 fine for every data security breach plus the level of crime in the Thames Valley made the decision a “no-brainer”.

The council is using DESlock+ from UK software house Data Encryption Systems (DES). The USB stick-based encryption system, supplied to Reading via systems integrator Northgate Information Systems, added £25 to the cost of each laptop.

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