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Information Security Breach Of Desktop Hard Drive At Massachusetts School Department

It had to happen sooner or later.  A hard drive, on what I assume to be a desktop computer, was stolen from the Malden headquarters Department of Education, in Massachusetts.  An auditor for the department arrived to work last week only to find that his computer wouldn’t work.  Assistance was requested, and the technical workers identified the problem by pointing out that whole disk was missing.

 

Let’s get this straight: somebody opened up the computer, took out the hard drive, and replaced the lid, so to speak.  It’s quite obvious the hard drive was targeted.  And while I doubt this is the first time it’s happened anywhere, I’m sure it’s the first time I’ve read it in print.

 

Supposedly, the incident has left everyone who’s associated with the case baffled, from the police to workers at the department.  Their initial assumption was that there was nothing of interest on that particular machine’s drive.  The auditor reviewed payroll accounts.  However, an examination of backup files showed two hundred Social Security numbers and other business information in the compromised hard drive.  The way it’s being reported, however, makes it clear that this is not information that was supposed to be stored on the computer in question—it just found its way there and was never deleted after its original use.  In other words, the guy who stole the drive wasn’t after the data.  Or maybe he was after the data, not knowing what the data actually contained.

 

Either way, what is unequivocal is that personal, sensitive information has been compromised.  In a sense, the ultimate responsibility lies with the auditor, not because his computer got stolen, but because information that wasn’t supposed to be there was there.  Obviously it was the responsibility of the auditor to ensure that sensitive information not be saved on his computer.

 

At the same time, one has to admit that the problem of “data creep” is real and impossible to avoid, realistically speaking.  You can’t prevent people from forgetting to delete stuff, or from becoming (temporarily or otherwise) lazy.  I’d say that whole disk encryption technologies are a good idea because misfortunes can strike at any moment.  Theft or loss of equipment happens all the time, but employing full disk encryption on desktops and laptops—nowadays a valid stand‑in for a desktop machine—can curtail incidences of data breaches, regardless of whether they’re used for holding and processing sensitive information.  By using a managed encryption service like AlertBoot, one can easily and rapidly set up an entire office environment with the most advanced encryption available to businesses today.

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.