How secure is secure?

Friday, August 22, 2008 at 11:05 | Posted in great britain | Leave a comment

Another massive data loss has taken place in Britain, this time concerning offenders and prison inmates:

A Home Office spokesman said the data was lost by PA Consulting, a private contractor working for the Home Office, and was “held in a secure format on site and downloaded onto a memory stick for processing – which has since been lost”.

Holding data in a “secure format” on site is absolutely the correct way to go about but it is of no use if the data can be downloaded and then recorded onto an unsecure media. A “secure system” is just as unsecure as the weekest link in the processing chain. The British government seems to be a huge data security disaster.


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