Stolen NASA Laptop Leads to Call for Encryption

We always encourage the average consumer to protect their mobile device with a strong password, but for NASA and other companies with personally identifiable information (PII), that solution is not secure enough to protect truly sensitive and confidential information.

In October, a password-protected laptop containing personally identifiable information for NASA employees and contractors was stolen out of a NASA employee’s car. After the incident, NASA released a statement ordering CIOs to have all laptops encrypted by December 21st.

According to the notice, laptops without full-disk encryption are no longer allowed outside of NASA buildings if they contain any sensitive information. Employees that are working outside of the office will be required to use a loaner laptop if their regular work computer contains sensitive information.

NASA has been working to contact employees whose data may have been compromised. NASA also reminded employees that if anyone calls them claiming to be from NASA asking for personal information, to not give that information out.

This advice rings true every time your data has been compromised. If anyone calls claiming to be from a credit card or insurance company, nearby store or even your workplace, do not give out your personal information. You can always call the company back or go to the store in person if there is a problem or dispute with information they have on record.

To learn about encryption and how you can use it to protect sensitive information on your mobile devices, read about KoolSpan’s TrustChip.