York school to implement higher security after loss of memory stick

St. Peter’s School in York United Kingdom announced the loss of a memory stick earlier this year that may lead to data being compromised if it isn’t recovered.

St Peter’s says that it is taking steps to improve it’s security following the loss of the stick, including having their teachers and staff go through training for information security.

Following the loss of the memory stick, the school immediately turned the situation over to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), who investigated the situation, but is currently not planning to pursue any further action other than a list of recommendations for improving the school’s security.  The list of recommendations included reporting future incidents immediately, mandatory employee data protection training, and implementing policies and procedures for employees who work remotely with sensitive data.

“We are working to ensure that these recommendations are implemented as soon as possible,” the school said in a statement.

The memory stick in question was not password protected, and contained a number of documents with sensitive information on it.  Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that the information has been misused, but the school has contacted individuals whose information may have been compromised as a precautionary measure.

Security Training is something that cannot be skipped in any sector. Employees cannot be left in the dark about things like handling sensitive data, malware, or phishing threats. They need to know and fully understand why security measures are necessary. This day and age there are a lot of examples out there to use. Data breaches are going up, and it’s no longer a matter of if it will happen, but when. Everyone needs to be prepared, and understand their responsibilities in protecting important information. Sure, you wouldn’t fall for the Nigerian Prince, but that’s because you KNOW not to.  Are you sure everyone in your company or school knows?

 

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    June 16, 2016
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