That the MOD has lost hundreds of USB keys and laptops is of little surprise. I wrote about the lack of focus in this area earlier this year when the personal data of new recruits was lost.
Laptops and USB keys get lost all the time, it is the unfortunate byproduct of their portability, the answer is to ensure that sensitive data is not held on these devices. I feel that the lack of technical savi at the top of Government and the civil service is a large part of the problem, they clearly don't "get it" and they need to spend a bit more time listening to people who do.
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