September 16th, 2008

The Human Factor

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

You can spend millions on software security. You can design the most robust industrial grade anti-hacking systems. You can utilise the toughest encryption protocols available. None of this means a thing once you introduce the Mark 1 human numpty.

The police service is the latest in what is becoming a very long & never-ending list of holders of seceret information to lost it all.

West Midlands Police have lost a data stick reported to contain information of terror suspects’ vehicles & movements.

As far as I can recall, the loss of all this data, including 25 million child benefit claimants, personal details of NHS staff, prison officers, military applicants, convicted criminals, bank account details left in bin bags outside banks, etc etc etc, has never been down to a failure of a computer system or hacking attempt. All of it has been lost because some numpty mislaid it or used insecure methods of sending it somewhere.

Given that at some stage all the data ever recorded in the past or potentially recorded in the future wil be handled at some point by an actual person somewhere, can anyone have any confidence that the government or any other body can really keep it secure?

It’s no wonder more & more of us are against any further recording of our personal information.

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