Protect Your Berries!

Jonathan Bernstein crisis management, crisis management consultant, Crisis Prevention

A BlackBerry containing information from both British cabinet members and the ex-deputy prime minister was recently recovered by UK police after being sold by a homeless man in South Yorkshire, England. This story from caught my eye because of the extremely lax way the owner of the phone (obviously a government official or someone closely linked to them) guarded valuable, probably confidential, information. With no security features enabled, not even a simple password lock, anyone who picked up that phone had unmitigated access. At best this is bad crisis prevention, at worst a national disaster waiting to happen.

With all of the issues these days stemming from extremely important information being stored and transmitted via cell phone, crisis management plans must include security not only for on-site computers, but also all portable devices.


Jonathan Bernstein