Another month, another slew of governmental data breaches. February 2008’s particular clanger was the laptop that ended up on auction site eBay, complete with CD bearing the label ‘Home Office – highly confidential’.
It is now abundantly clear that whatever security protocols the public sector (and, one might assume, the private sector also) has in place are either ineffective or roundly ignored. One firm is offering a drastic solution: self-destructing data.
The BackStopp system, from
Should self-defensive computing catch on, at least one company might be able to claim it was ahead of its time. Dell Computer, which in 2006 had to recall 4.1 million laptops after a certain type of Sony battery was found to (sometimes) spontaneously combust, might just have to adapt that proven feature.
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