Every 50 seconds, someone loses their laptop at a US airport

We’ve all heard the expression “in a blink of an eye”, but when it is connected to the loss of expensive computer hardware containing your company’s confidential data it becomes a startling statistic.

PC World reports that over 12,000 laptops are lost every single week at US airports. My rudimentary maths skills tell me that that’s just over one laptop mislaid every minute (and that’s assuming that all airports are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week!)

Research conducted by the Ponemon Institute has revealed that computer laptops typically lost at security checkpoints. Over 10,000 laptops are reported lost every week at 36 of America’s largest airports. Another 2000 are recorded missing at medium-sized airports.

What’s perhaps most interesting to us is that 53% of people said that their laptops contained confidential business…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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