The latest loss of a MOD laptop and data discs is not the fault of government. It is more likely to be one person’s mistake together with the combined failure of IT to be able to enforce data encryption.
Anyone who has worked in IT support at the implementation level will tell you how hard it can sometimes be to impress security measures on users who are used to the laissez faire security they enjoy on their own home computers. Enforcing new passwords every 30 days, data encrypted discs and only allowing a secure remote access to sensitive data are all hassle for poorly trained or casual users and with IT and IT users having an abnormal number of people fudging and winging it then I find it surprising that even more incidences than those we’ve heard about do not occur.
In essence it’s another failure of management in my opinion,with poorly implemented IT, poorly trained (or even belligerent) users and the inability of people to accept personal responsibility.