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Security Awareness Training - Portable Electronic Devices Module


About 30% of the data breaches reported to the Department for Health and Human Services involved the theft or loss of a portable electronic device such as a laptop or USB drive. Here are some more sobering statistics from a Ponemon Institute study (sponsored by Intel) titled The Billion Dollar Lost Laptop Problem:

● Lost or stolen laptops resulted in an average of $6.4 million in losses per company.
● In the period of a year, an “average of 263 laptops per organization went lost or missing.”
● A third of the laptops were lost in transit.
● On average, out of every 100 laptops, 7 will be lost or stolen.

This short module (~4 minutes) is a highly-engaging and memorable information security training program.  It is about how to mitigate the risks when transporting portable electronic devices. It can stand alone or can be snapped together with other topic segments. Throughout the training program, trainees engage with various scenarios involving personal data on laptops.  This program is highly interactive and fun.  It can be used for many purposes, including HIPAA security training, general data security awareness training, and short periodic information security messages.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to mitigate the risks when transporting portable electronic devices
  • Understand the consequences that can occur to employees and companies when portable electronic devices are not properly used

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    Daniel Solove Privacy Awareness Training TeachPrivacy was founded by Professor Daniel J. Solove, the leading expert on privacy and data security law. He is deeply involved in the creation of all training programs because he believes that training works best when made by subject-matter experts and by people with extensive teaching experience.

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