MANY Companies are Losing Notebook Computers: Encryption and Vigilance Is the Answer

Maybe you have not lost a notebook computer, but I bet you know someone who has or someone you know has but has not told you. “Lost” – could mean, “lost” or mean “stolen” of course. Since losing a notebook computer is a pain as you lose the economic value of the hardware but MOST IMPORTANTLY you lose the data. If you have it backed up you can get it back. The other point is that if the data you have is personal/confidential someone else can get that data.
Tech Dirt writes If you thought you’d been seeing a lot of stories about companies losing laptops containing personal information, here’s why: more than 80 percent of companies have lost a laptop with “sensitive data” on it in the past year, according to a new survey. The biggest problem, according to the company behind the survey, is that firms don’t keep track of where personal and other sensitive data is kept, which would seem to evoke the old saying that you should never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence.
Other than being vigilant, I’d HIGHLY suggest you encrypt your data to ensure that if it is stolen that no one can read the data on your computer. PGP has some great tools for you to consider.
PGP Whole Disk Encryption is a full-disk encryption product, that encrypted entire disk drives (rather than individual files). Often used on laptop computers, PGP WDE will render the drive useless to anyone who doesn’t know the proper passphrase.
PGP Universal is a server product that allows corporations to have a single platform upon which to deploy and manage their security applications. Important things like security policy, logging, reporting, key management all occur here. The neat thing about PGP Universal is that it provides a common platform, so as companies add additional applications (say they start with WDE (above) and add PGP Desktop Email later), they do not have to deploy any additional infrastructure. This means that new applications are deployed quickly, and relatively inexpensively.
PGP Desktop is a client application that can run in one of two modes. “Unmanaged” or “managed”. In managed mode, all policy is provided to PGP Desktop via the PGP Universal Management Server. The end user’s email is automatically treated with the appropriate policy that was decided by the corporation. In unmanaged mode (small businesses often run less than 10 copies this way), policy is determined on each individual computer.