Government security – do as we say, not as we do

The Register
reports that Twenty desktop computers are missing from the
US government department responsible for
safeguarding technical secrets about nuclear weapons.
According to a
recent audit by the Energy Department inspector general, 14 of the PCs were
used to process classified information. The audit also found the department was
using computers not listed in its inventory and one listed as
“destroyed”, the New York Times
reports.
 

Then
there is this
report from eGov Monitor – Most computers stolen from the Home
Office, show Government statistics
Central
government departments have reported to have suffered at least 150 cases of
computer theft in the last six months, according to official figures.
The Home Office
alone recorded 95 incidents of computer items being stolen between January and
June 2005 – equivalent to a theft taking place in the Department every other
day. By comparison, the Ministry of Defence reported 23 computer thefts to date
in 2005, down from a total of 153 in the previous year.
 

Or
this
report from Dec 06 – More than 100 million US individuals have had personal information
stolen since early 2005, according to an overview published by the Privacy
Rights Clearinghouse (PRC). The counter passed the 100 million mark on
Wednesday when Boeing admitted that it had lost a laptop containing
confidential information including social security numbers for 382,000 current
and former employees.

 

Perhaps
there could be some excellent security devices somewhere to be had to reduce
these amazing losses.  

I
recall our Home Secretary saying that RFID would secure us all from theft and
fraud.

Silly
me, then I remembered reading somewhere that the Government apparently does not
think that RFID security is good enough to place chips on its own equipment. 

 

Big Brother says – Do as we say, not as we do

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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