sanctions for data loss

1st February 2010

iSTORAGE PRE-EMPTS NEW PENAL MEASURES WITH PIN CODE PROTECTED HARD DRIVE TO ASSIST COMPLIANCE WITH DATA PROTECTION ACT

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that organisations face a fine of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act in a recent announcement by the privacy watchdog on www.ico.org.uk. In a bid to deter the increasing number of incidences of personal data loss, new powers are expected to come into force on 6th April 2010 to deal with the most serious breaches of confidential information.

iStorage, a leading specialist of portable data storage devices and digital encryption, offers an ideal remedy in its portable hard drive, diskG*, that guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of all data stored. diskG* combines ATM style PIN code access with AES 256-bit hardware encryption to ensure information is completely secure, even if the drive is removed from its enclosure, giving users complete peace of mind.

John Michael, Managing Director of iStorage commented, “The ICO’s position is clear. All personal information must be protected by adequate security to prevent theft or the loss of that data, or face a fine. The majority of security breaches occur where the confidential data has been stored on an unencrypted portable device. Organisations need to give serious consideration to minimising the risks of loss by ensuring that all portable media devices containing personal information are encrypted. diskG* is a secure and easy to use solution offering government grade AES 256-bit hardware encryption and PIN code access in a small, compact package.”

With storage capacities of up to 500GB*, diskG* is also equipped with a conveniently integrated USB 2.0 cable, making it easy to use with multiple computers. For commuting with confidence, the device has a robust, compact, shock-proof design and once connected is instantly ready for use. diskG* leaves no trace when disconnected and is an absolute necessity for those wishing to protect files from theft or accidental loss.

Key benefits

  • The highest level of security with pin code access and hardware encryption
  • Optimum mobility with integral connectivity in a robust, compact design
  • Simple to install and use with no software or applications needed

With 800 reported data breaches in just over two years**, the diskG* is in line with ICO
recommendations. Recently named ‘Gadget of the Week’ with a score of 5/5 by the
technology editor of The Times, diskG* is described as a product that “could not only
save your bacon but keep it locked away from prying eyes too” and “a beautifully executed
solution to the problem of keeping your backup data as secure as the data on your PC.”

For more information please visit www.istorage-uk.com or call +44 (0)20 8832 1253

Notes to Editor
*One gigabyte (GB) = one thousand megabytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity
depends on the operating environment and formatting.
**Information from ICO Website

diskG* is available now with prices starting from £113.85 inc. VAT for 250GB.

Technical specifications are available on request.

About iStorage

iStorage provides high performance and ultra secure portable data storage and security products to users who need to protect their data held on PCs, Macs and portable devices. The founders of iStorage are pioneers in their field and hold several patents, both granted and pending, on a range of related data storage and security products. With a strong belief in careful product selection and unrivalled customer service, iStorage continues to deliver market leading innovations in portable data storage and digital encryption technology. Further information can be found on www.istorage-uk.com or by contacting info@istorage-uk.com / +44 (0)20 8832-1253.

For further information please contact:
Matt King / James Meredith
Media Safari
T: +44 (0)1225 471202
E: jamesm@mediasafari.co.uk
* Previously known as diskGenie