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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    Sean, 18 Jul 2007 @ 1:09am

    Encrypted hard-drives - and then what?

    Ok so everyone encrypts their hard drives. For a corporation with lots of cash, a laptop life of 2 years is standard. For the government, usage until failure is probably more likely. This means that everyone has to ensure that all their data is backed up somewhere for when HD failure occurs (here's a hard fact guys - the rate of hard drive failure is 100%). Now how are you going to encrypt those backups? How are you gonna get the data off the laptop and onto the backup system? Are you gonna run encrypted networks?
    Encryption is free? In what universe?
    I reckon the best thing is to ban all personal computing devices and return to working off mainframes and dumb terminals.

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