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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    Bill, 17 Jul 2007 @ 9:19pm

    Anyone that thinks drive encryption costs nothing has little foresight, at best. As a previous poster already stated, it would have to be full volume encryption and must be seamless in windows. Data loss during a hard drive failure is almost a given. Users need proper training on what can, can't, should, and shouldn't be done when working with encrypted volumes.
    The bottom line is these solutions DO cost money (a great deal, actually) and none of them are as perfect as they need to be to truly integrate in a large business.
    It's one thing to say "all hard drives with personal information will be encrypted", it's a completely different thing to actually do it.

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