Why Are UK Defense Ministry Officials Carrying Classified Info On USB Keys?
from the seems-like-a-reasonable-question dept
Over in the UK, the Defense Ministry is admitting to the fact that it’s lost plenty of laptops with classified info on them. That, alone, isn’t really all that newsworthy, given how common it is for governments around the world to lose such things. What was more interesting was the admission that employees have also lost 26 portable memory sticks (USB keys) with classified info on them (out of a total of 131 memory sticks lost). Given just how easy it is to lose such USB keys, it makes you wonder why they would ever put classified info on them. One would hope that any such info would be encrypted, but the report doesn’t seem to indicate one way or the other on that.