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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    Anome, 17 Jul 2007 @ 6:05pm

    Typical

    I have to say that it seems a typical approach to security. No-one wants to do stuff they see as being a waste of time, no matter how important it might be. Encrypting data is one of these. It's much more convenient to just leave it, and worry about losses later.

    And if the real reason it wasn't done was a lack of funding, then as Matt said, you have bigger issues. Software to encrypt data is relatively cheap. Otherwise, don't let anyone take the data out of a secure area. An organisation that is chiefly concerned with security ought to already have sufficient resources allocated to protect this kind of data.

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