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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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    Enrico Suarve, 19 Jul 2007 @ 12:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Bitching about the costs and the logis

    Just my opinion but - always encrypt the whole thing if you value the data. Reason being these are users you are talking about, and you have no idea (and little control) about how they use the data

    Screenshotting certain bits to send as a query to Bob in accounts may not be uncommon, as may programs which take the data and then store it in temporary files

    That's before you get to users who for no known good reason create a folder outside their 'normal' my documents work area to put things in

    If you encrypt the lot then you know you got it all ;0)

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