NASA employs full disk encryption for devices

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Staff forbidden from removing devices.

NASA has ordered all data on laptops to be encrypted after one was lost that contained sensitive personal information on employees and contractors.

As reported by SC, the laptop was password protected but the information stored on it was not encrypted, and included sensitive personally identifiable information for a large number of Nasa employees, contractors and others.

According to a BBC report, the space agency has ordered that the data on all its laptops must be encrypted and until the process is complete, staff have been forbidden from removing Nasa-issued laptops containing sensitive information from its facilities.

Nasa's chief information officer, Linda Cureton, said that she wanted the maximum possible number of laptops to be encrypted by Wednesday, and a target of all laptops a month later. Also, employees have been banned from storing sensitive data on mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

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