Ohio Data Leak Gets Pinned On The Intern

from the passing-the-buck-eye dept

You might remember the recent data leak in Ohio, where personal info on a million or so people was lost, after a storage device containing it was stolen from an intern's car. The intern, who apparently took the device home with him as part of a security protocol, has now been fired by the state, and says he's being made the scapegoat for the loss. Despite the governor's claims to the contrary, of course the intern's being scapegoated, even though he apparently was just doing what he was told. That's how things work with data leaks: the buck is passed, and responsibility shirked. In this instance, the state can say the responsible party has been fired, glossing over the fact that he was apparently just following directions he'd been given, and that the real problem here was a flawed security plan that was either devised by an idiot, or, more likely, by somebody who didn't take the security of other people's personal info very seriously. That's the problem here: nobody seems to care when it's other people's data. There are never any real ramifications from these leaks, as long as companies or governments are seen to have some security plan in place, even if it's not a good one. Until that changes -- and the scapegoating and responsibility shirking stops -- data leaks and breaches are going to keep on coming.

Filed Under: data breaches, identity theft, ohio, security


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    AK (profile), 28 Jul 2007 @ 7:16am

    How can people blame the intern???

    You people are killing me!!!! How can you blame the intern? What justification can you have for that? As an intern at one time, let me explain how these things work...

    "Hey Joe, take this thing home with you tonight."

    "Sure, Mac, what is it?"

    "Just some backups. We like to have a couple copies off-site every night. I'm taking one too. I would have given yours to Sam, but he's already left."

    "I'm not so comfortable with that - what if something happens?"

    "What's gonna happen? Just throw the thing in your car and bring it back in tomorrow. Besides, it's policy that two different people have backups. You wouldn't want to get fired for refusing to follow policy, would ya?"

    I love geniuses that pass the buck onto an intern that just wants to do his internship, without hassle, so that he gets a reference.

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