Official figures show that between 2019 and 2020, Congressional staff reported the loss of a total of 96 IT devices.
According to data obtained by the Capitol think tank under the Information Disclosure Act, 41 laptops and 36 tablets were lost or stolen, and 11 phones and 6 headsets were stolen.
Numbers indicate that 17 of the lost or stolen devices were later discovered, with 11 reported lost by train, 3 by bus and 6 by car in two years. I am.
This number has led to concerns about increased security, and Edward Blake of EMEA, Area Vice President of Absolute Software, argues that lost devices could lead cybercriminals to obtain sensitive data. I will.
“The devices used to carry out Congressional missions include gold mines of sensitive data that could be fatal if they fall into the hands of cybercriminals,” he said.
“It’s important that Congressional authorities implement the systems they need to track lost devices, allow lost or stolen laptops to freeze and wipe, and protect public data from fraudsters.
“If a lost laptop is abused, the organization in question can face a predicament that is far more costly than initially expected.
“Advanced cybercriminals can steal data contained on these devices, access more business files, and intercept emails between colleagues. All of these are on the device. It’s relatively easy to do if it’s compromised. “
https://www.channelweb.co.uk/news/4033196/parliamentary-staff-report-100-devices-missing-span Parliamentary staff reports that nearly 100 devices are missing in two years.