Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Passports for Obama, Clinton and McCain

The recent headlines about a breach of the passport data for the three presidential candidates -- Obama, Clinton and McCain -- highlights yet again the human side of IT security. There were access controls, for sure, but why the particular employees had access to the data isn't clear.

The technical controls that caught the breach did their job and, according to one report, the breach might not have been preventable. But there was an issue of wanton disregard for privacy by the employees.

The State Department issued a statement, and here are details about the records themselves.

In an unrelated federal breach, a laptop with medical records for 2,500 patients was stolen from a division of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH said the risk of identity theft was low since the records contained no Social Security Numbers.

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