If you run a business, then it is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate data protection for your customer's data. At the end of 2013 the information commissioner's office (ICO) warned small businesses to ensure electronic copies of customer information are enrypted after the owner of a loans company was fined £5,000. Sole Trader fined £5000
It is not enough for a laptop to be password protected, as this can be easily circumvented. Under the Data protection act, data controllers are responsible for ensuring that any personal data stored on portable devices is encrypted.
With laptop encryption, even if your device is stolen, the data which is held on the device is not accessible to anyone.
There are several methods of encrypting devices, contact us to find out which would be the best option for your business.