It’s not often you get to see security incident data from other organisations, so I was interested to read a report published this month about laptop losses and theft at the FBI. This type of data is hard to come by because few organisations (other than Royal Mail Group) maintain reliable, historical data on such security incidents. And even fewer publish such information. It’s good to see that the FBI has successfully reduced laptop losses by around two-thirds, from around a dozen a month to less than four a month. The figures seem consistent with other data I’ve seen. In Royal Mail Group the problem was initially bigger, though the reduction was greater. Such savings represent hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in incident and replacement costs, not to mention the value in reputation protection and safeguarding of valuable intellectual property. And it’s not difficult to reduce the losses. It just requires a small amount of research and analysis, followed by a few simple, targeted, educational interventions. It’s certainly one of the easiest and cheapest security investments for any organisation. So let’s all copy this example.