TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: No Quick Fix For Government Data Security

Re: No Quick Fix For Government Data Security
17 Jul 2006 08:37:06 -0700

Joel Rothstein wrote:

> While encryption and other security technology can help, slipshod
> handling of data and equipment, poor training and the slow moving
> government bureaucracy are seen as the main causes of vulnerability.

This is by no means a "government" problem. The private industry is
just as bad and carries more sensitive personal information than the
government does. A banker who takes home then loses a laptop with
customer account information is almost giving away cash since all
sorts of personal data useful to thieves is being shared.

Of more concern apparently not being addressed by anyone is the risk
of a disgruntled employee making secret copies of sensitive data and
then selling it on the black market.

Of course nobody is addressing the issue of why this data is now so
powerful in the first place. Our financial systems are as good as
screen doors on a submarine.

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