The Notebook Affair September 2010

Posted by Inge Peterson Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:38:00 GMT

Brandenburg Secretary of the Interior, Rainer Speer, Resigns!

Keeping Confidential Data Confidential

If money from banks were transported in laundry baskets then put in the back seats of convertibles and driven across the country, everyone would marvel and realize that something here was definitely being carelessly dealt with.  The carelessness with which personal and confidential data is dealt with over mobile devices isn’t perhaps as obvious as a convertible filled with loose cash but is, in current common practice, comparable.

The notebook affair which surrounds Rainer Speer who recently resigned as Brandenburg’s Secretary of the Interior, is only one example of many involving irresponsible dealings.

The former Secretary of the Interior of Brandenburg, Rainer Speer’s notebook was stolen.  A fate shared by many, around 10,000 notebooks per week are stolen in U.S. airports alone and the trend is growing.  This situation, in which some of the data in the minister’s notebook were opened including numerous emails, certainly caused unpleasant repercussions to his political career.

Why do people treat their confidential data so carelessly, carrying it around on PDA’s and notebooks while going for a walk?  Why don’t they ask the responsible IT specialists who have advanced technical knowledge to prevail against disaster?  The desire to use mobile devices won’t go away and that is a fact even though the results could be unpleasant. Data encryption and password protection of mobile devices are widely used protection methods but they don’t prove to be any kind of insurmountable obstacle for the experienced computer specialist.

There is only one effective and reasonable protection – confidential data doesn’t belong on mobile devices!

Of course all data, even confidential data, should always be accessible at any time and be workable but it shouldn’t be possible to save it on these mobile devices. Confidential data belongs on storage media on the central computer in locked, secure spaces behind firewall systems.  Responsible IT personnel put in a lot of effort and businesses invest a great deal of money for the security of data. 

It is entirely enough to limit these efforts to secure central storage of data because there is no need to carry data around on decentralized mobile devices.  If data is just carried around, then the security of confidential data can no longer be ensured.

The employee, who can potentially let confidential data get out in the open, even though involuntarily and carelessly, takes full responsibility simply because notebooks or PDA’s are easy to steal.

The Solution:

HOBLink Mobile and HOBCOM Universal Server.  A highly secure, extremely effective solution whenever using mobile devices which allows access to data and applications just as if they were saved locally to the storage media of the mobile device itself. All alterations to the data which are made over the mobile device will remain but will be saved, no matter at what time, in the central computer.

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Related Information:

HOB eSecure SDK - SSL Software Development Kit for Mobile Security Apps

Source- "Notebookklau":
Ponemon Institute

25.10.10 Klaus Weinbrenner

Translated on 16.09.2011 by I. Peterson

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