THE UNITED KINGDOM'S Ministry of Defence (MoD) either loses or has stolen from it around 15 laptops a month.
A report at the Daily Mail says that 188 MoD laptops have gone missing in the last year and a half, along with 99 desktops, 72 hard disks and 73 USB memory sticks.
"Staff at the department also lost 18 mobile phones, 10 BlackBerrys and 194 CDs or DVDs. Figures showed 135 other items, mainly USB tokens but also including radios, 3G cards and cameras," adds the Daily Mail, as it takes some time out from telling us who is looking fat and who isn't.
The MoD is a large organisation of course and mistakes will happen, but it is not a sieve so this leakage is rather alarming. Not so, though, if you listen to the MoD which said, "Hey, we are a big organisation, these things happen," though not in those words.
"Various media have reported that 188 MOD laptops have been lost or stolen in the last 18 months," says a post on the MoD's web site that links to the Daily Mail's report.
"Twenty of these laptops have subsequently been recovered. The size and complexity of the MOD, more than 250,000 individuals operating all round the world from permanent bases and in theatre, and frequent movement of kit between locations in support of operations mean it is almost inevitable that equipment will go missing."
The MoD said that it takes any loss and theft of communications and information systems and associated media storage devices very seriously and that it has procedures in place to mitigate against them. µ