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[ISN] Encrypted USB stick glitch led to Council data loss

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Feb 25 2011 - 07:26:13 GMT

By John E Dunn
24 February 11

A council that used encrypted memory sticks has been handed a reprimand
from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after an employee’s
struggle to use the technology resulted in data being lost on an
unsecured replacement drive.

According to a release put out by the ICO, Cambridgeshire County Council
lost a stick containing case and meeting notes relating to least six
‘vulnerable adults’ in the council’s care, which it reported to the
organisation last November.

The highly unusual dimension to this case is that the non-encrypted
memory stick had only been used after an employee “encountered problems”
using the encrypted one handed out by the Council.

The nature of the problem has not been revealed but underlines the
problems organisations can encounter when using potentially complex
technologies such as encryption.


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