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  (Source: Reuters)
Sources say workers involved are being disciplined

With the myriad high-profile hacks and attacks on government and corporate computer systems around the world, it's easy to believe that the U.S. federal government and its many arms would do all they can to keep its networks secure. However, that is not always the case.

Reuters reports that workers at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to encrypt some of their computers that contained highly sensitive information from stock exchanges. The failure to encrypt the information left data vulnerable to cyber attacks according to people familiar with the situation.

The computers left unencrypted reportedly belonged to a small number of employees in an office within the SEC Trading and Markets Division. That particular division is tasked with ensuring that various stock exchanges follow guidelines to protect the markets for potential cyber threats and system problems.
 
That makes it incredibly ironic that the employees tasked with ensuring systems are protected from cyber threats would leave their own computers unprotected.

Some of the staffers are known to have taken the unprotected computers to a Black Hat convention where computer hackers gather. There is no clear indication of why the staffers would have taken unencrypted and unprotected computers into the hackers den.


The SEC insists that no data was breached from the insecure computer systems. However, the SEC was forced to spend around $200,000 to hire a third-party firm to conduct a thorough analysis to come to that conclusion.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Really??
By drycrust3 on 11/11/2012 2:24:18 PM , Rating: 2
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It is the responsibility of those who posses sensivtive materials to ensure the are properly secured, not the IT department. If the IT department failed to protect said computers it is still the responsibility of the end users. That is how it is in law.

Ok, so you're the new boy in the office, you've just got the job fighting a thousand other people for the job, you've had to meet a hundred people who's names you can't remember, you've been given a desk right where everyone can hear every phone conversation with your mother, your manager has given you an assignment that he wants you to complete today and you've no idea what he's talking about, and then some clown turns up with a computer and says it's yours and here is your login and password. Now, tell me, are you going to say "Thanks ... which of these ports on the desk is the one I plug the Ethernet cable into?" or "Does it have an encrypted Hard Disk Drive"?
Or right out of the blue, just before you're due to go to a meeting that has taken 6 months to organise with some dude from a company that persistently isn't following the rules, some clown turns up and gives you "here is your new computer, we've set it all up for you" and demands "I need to take your old computer back with me ... right now". So you're going to ask "Can't you come back tomorrow morning?" or "Does it have an encrypted HDD?"
Or you turn on your computer every morning, the same as always, and for 30 seconds there are lots of meaningless DOS messages, and you're going to notice the one that says "This computer has an encrypted HDD"? isn't there?
You are right in the sense that it is everyone's responsibility to protect data, but that includes the top people in the SEC. As I said, these employees are being used as scapegoats for failings that go to the very top of the SEC. If they had done their job right those laptop computers would have been confiscated and replaced for not having encrypted HDDs.
I still think the SEC has lots of computers and servers that don't have encrypted HDDs, and no one has said I'm wrong.


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