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Security improvements for laptops in telework began to happen in earnest after a contractor at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2006 had a laptop stolen from his home that had held sensitive unencrypted data concerning millions of U.S. veterans, a security incident that generated front-page headlines and a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
Auten adds that she hopes it won't take a huge data-breach incident like the one related to the VA laptop to speed adoption of policies and technology appropriate for BYOD is federal agencies.
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: @MessmerE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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