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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    Ray Trygstad, 17 Jul 2007 @ 5:54pm

    The problem is UNFUNDED edicts

    Based on my experience as an Information Systems Security Officer in the Navy, the problem is that when these edicts are made there is never any accompanying funding to carry them out. It's not that the people WANT to ignore the edict; it's just that's the way the system works: someone makes a rule without considering the cost of compliance and certainly without ensuring that funds are made available to comply. Since there is no money to fund it, it's not possible to comply, even if you really, really want to.

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