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.
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