The Need for Data Loss Prevention Now

Anyone who has tried to replace a laser toner cartridge in corporate America knows the hassle. If you are lucky and there happens to be one in the supply closet, then signatures and a few keys later, the toner can be removed from the hollowed sanctums of the office supply closet. As soon as the toner is taken, the door to the supply room is closed and secured. Evidently, firms feel there is a significant risk to leaving expensive toner cartridges unsecured, in the hands of employees who may pinch them. For some reason, these firms think that their trusted employees can’t be trusted with office supplies, which require them to be stored in locked areas. The truth is that a few bad apples can quickly steal thousands of dollars’ worth of office supplies and companies understand that they must be secured. For similar reasons, companies will place asset tags on every chair, table, laptop, microwaves, etc. If these items are left unsecured and undocumented, the worst will likely happen.
But when it comes to the terabytes of confidential and proprietary data on corporate networks, companies often use kid gloves to secure the data. This begs the question, why are office supplies subject to a higher level of security than the data?