[ISN] Laptops Lost Like Hot Cakes at US Airports

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 03:05:51 -0500 (CDT)

By Agam Shah
IDG News Service
June 30, 2008

Keep laptops close at airports, because they have a startling tendency 
to disappear in the blink of an eye, according to a new survey.

Some of the largest and medium-sized U.S. airports report close to 
637,000 laptops lost each year, according to the Ponemon Institute 
survey released Monday. Laptops are most commonly lost at security 
checkpoints, according to the survey.

Close to 10,278 laptops are reported lost every week at 36 of the 
largest U.S. airports, and 65 percent of those laptops are not 
reclaimed, the survey said. Around 2,000 laptops are recorded lost at 
the medium-sized airports, and 69 percent are not reclaimed.

Travelers seem to lack confidence that they will recover lost laptops. 
About 77 percent of people surveyed said they had no hope of recovering 
a lost laptop at the airport, with 16 percent saying they wouldn't do 
anything if they lost their laptop during business travel. About 53 
percent said that laptops contain confidential company information, with 
65 percent taking no steps to protect the information.


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