Brace Yourself For The Shock News: Government Still Doesn't Protect Data Well
from the took-a-genius-to-figure-that-out dept
While we’re generally suspicious of vendor-funded surveys, somehow we don’t find this one too hard to believe: a new one reports that the federal government does a poor job of securing data. It says that 54 percent of government employees carry data and files home, while more than half work from home without authorization. Perhaps even more galling is the fact that the survey says fewer federal agencies are encrypting their employees’ laptops now than before 26.5 million people’s personal info was lost by the VA, when — you guessed it, an employee’s laptop was stolen from his home. But have no fear, the government recently released new security guidelines that are supposed to stop this sort of thing. That is, of course, if anybody bothers to follow them.