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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    Anonymous TSA contractor, 18 Jul 2007 @ 5:01am

    TSA is dumb

    I'm a contractor at TSA. I asked to be issued a desktop because I never take the computer home, but they gave me a laptop. They installed encryption software on it, but never told me how to use it. I've been here four months and just this week got a cable lock for the laptop. Then, they told my entire department that everyone has to take their TSA laptop HOME EVERY NIGHT until further notice.

    Now, luckily there's nothing even vaguely sensitive on my laptop. But I find it hard to believe that it's safer in my bag riding the Metro than it is locked to my desk in a secure building with 24 hour security.

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