Feds' Edict To Encrypt Hard Drives Gets -- You Guessed It -- Ignored

from the surprise! dept

Back in May, the Transportation Security Administration did its best to gloss over the fact that it lost a hard drive containing personal information on some 100,000 of its employees by putting out a press release about it at 7 o'clock on a Friday evening. Now, a few months later, it's disclosed that the drive wasn't encrypted (via Threat Level), in contravention of a White House order from last summer saying that all devices containing personal data need to be encrypted if they're taken outside secure areas. As we've noted, these sorts of edicts and guidelines are meaningless unless they're actually followed, and non-compliance brings real repercussions.

Filed Under: data breaches, identity theft
Companies: tsa

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    Dosquatch, 17 Jul 2007 @ 6:57pm

    Re: Lost Drives

    Even if the software comes for free, there are costs. The IT staff must construct a deployment plan that minimizes downtime while taking every precaution, imaginable and unimaginable, to ensure that there is no chance of lost data during deployment. There are tests that must be carried out looking for unintended consequences ("Whaddayamean, the backup solution won't work on an encrypted drive??!?") There is the downtime while the solution is being rolled out. There is user training. There is support after the fact. There are the ongoing costs of making sure that the solution stays patched against vulnerabilities going forward.

    On any large-scale enterprise deployment, the cost of the software is NEVER the only cost, and quite frequently not even the major portion of the cost.

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