Some 38% of local authorities responding to a recent survey said their organisation had been faced with an incident in which a laptop computer was lost or stolen during the past year - including one of the six police authorities in the survey carried out by security supplier BeCrypt.
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Just one in 10 local authorities encrypts all their computer data, the research revealed.
The survey was conducted by BeCrypt during August and September 2007. Questions in the survey asked what disaster recovery plans councils had in place in the event that employees may not able to get to work and how important mobile working is to the organisation and data security for mobile devices. It also included questions on data leakage and the usage of USB devices.