December 19th, 2009

So much for the Gucci Boys

Posted in The Job - General by 200

The Serious & Organised Crime Agency has been hailed as the UK’s equivalent to the FBI, an outfit full of the best hand-picked detectives in the business fighting crime at its highest levels.

Which is why there might be some embarrassment in the ranks after  a document containing the names & movements of 230 SOCA agents was left on a train by an unnamed agent in London last week.

A spokesman said: “This is clearly a breach of security & something we are taking very seriously. I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the agent who left the file on the train. It’s not exactly the actions of a top lever crime fighter, more like a ridiculous schoolboy error.”

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  1. Tony F says:

    FFS, again the folly of letting someone loose with a list….Perhaps if we didn’t keep unnecessary lists of things, they wouldn’t get lost. I wonder if we could loose a train load of bean counters..

    December 19th, 2009 at 17:10

  2. Fee says:

    Basic security would be simple if stuff like this didn’t leave the office. But then I work in the private sector and I’d lose my job if I did something this stupid. Which makes me very, very careful not to leave the office with confidential information.

    December 19th, 2009 at 17:36

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    And a tiny quote from

    “The agency yesterday confirmed the data loss but said it had happened soon after Soca had been set up in 2006, “whilst staff were still working to the data-handling policies of precursor agencies”.”

    The problem here being the assumption that policies can replace common sense. The belief that a procedure beats experience. That rules and regulations can replace training. That all jobs are just jobs and not vocations, callings or a call to duty.

    The article explains that this happend in South America in a massive drugs operation and will cost millions to clear up.

    Points that aren`t mentioned include: (1) Was the data on the memory stick encrypted? (2) If it was on a memory stick who needed to access the data from it while on-the-move? (3) If it was that sensitive there should be no need to transport it on a memory stick in the first place.

    You can download military grade encryption software free of charge from several websites.

    One way or another I agree that the root cause was probably down to bean counters. And numpties.

    December 19th, 2009 at 19:52

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I may have been referring to the wrong lost SOCA data, apologies, couldn`t find the London incident in the 30 seconds I spent looking pre-rant.

    December 19th, 2009 at 19:53

  5. quantum interface bomb... says:

    easy done…

    we’ve all done it… lol

    December 19th, 2009 at 23:01

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