Bill is a very likable guy, played football for Auburn University, and owns his own consulting business. Bill travels all over the country and never leaves home without his notebook computer. Everything in his business is on his notebook computer.
One day Bill was coming back from a three day trip to New York City, and as usual was working very hard on his notebook computer on the airplane. Per the instructions from the stewardess, as the plane was beginning to land he shut down his notebook computer and out of habit, put the notebook in the pocket of the seat in front of him.
In his hurry to get home when the plane reached the gate, he grabbed all of his stuff and headed for the terminal. As soon as he entered the terminal he realized that he had left his notebook computer in the pocket and the seat in front of him. He immediately returned to the plane, went back to his seat, and reached into the pocket to retrieve his notebook computer and it was gone.
Many things went through Bill’s head at that moment, do I have a backup, what other information was on the computer, how long does it take to recover from all this and many other thoughts.
Key findings of the 8th Annual 2010 BSI Computer Theft Survey
° There were over 5,500,000 computers stolen in the USA in the last three years. Worldwide statistics are proportionally similar.
° According to the FBI, only 3% of unprotected (those that do not use a software tracking and recovery software) stolen computers are ever recovered.
° More than half (58.7%) of the survey respondents have been the victim of computer theft in the last 12 months.
° Sixty-seven percent of computer theft occurred while respondent was mobile (moving about), rendering cables, locks and enclosures virtually useless.
° Laptops comprised more than two thirds (68%) of those devices reported stolen, followed by desktop computers (10%) and PDAs, iPods, iPhones, etc. (22%).
° Ninety-seven percent of survey respondents that experienced computer theft report the thief was never caught.
° Forty-six percent of respondents report the estimated value of proprietary data on their stolen computing device at $25,000 or less; 46.5 % estimated the value at between @25,000 and $1,000,000. ; 6.5% estimated the value at $1,000.000 or more and 1% estimated the value at more than $10,000,000.
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