A lecturer from the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics was travelling home from a conference in the United States. They arrived in Galway by bus late on Friday evening and went straight home. On waking up the next morning, they realized they had left their laptop behind them on the bus down from Dublin airport. A search by the bus company resulted in the laptop still missing.
The lecturer has had this laptop for 4 years and is unsure what private information it may contain. It contains information about students and sensitive data from a number of research surveys, but the lecturer is unsure if this data is anonymized. You are a cybersecurity expert who has been hired by the University to provide advice when such breaches happen.
You are required to write a report (1,000 words max) to the Head of the Business School, detailing the following;
(a) What steps need to be followed when such a cybersecurity breach is reported?
(b) What laws are relevant to this particular breach, and what does the University need to do to comply with these laws?
(c) What technical tools could the University implement to ensure that sensitive information contained on computing devices does not get into the wrong hands, before and after they may go missing?
Please write this report.