Monday, August 22, 2011

Online Data Insecurity

You’ve certainly noticed the non-stop news reports of security breaches occurring within so many of our top corporations and government entities, as have I. And perhaps you’re sharp enough to have developed some defenses for yourself; but, for a variety of reasons I would guess that you have not done so. Hopefully, due to your age and experience, you will at least be cognizant of the risks.

The latest report I’ve read presents some of the best reportage of the underlying problem I’ve seen. It begins, Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see.

If you’re at all concerned about the problem, I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to read the article; if not, ….. good luck!

The underlying problem, as I see it, is poor to bumbling management ... Dilbert’s Pointy Haired Boss is "running things." The people who should be looking after these things are largely over their heads, with respect to the technology and common sense.

Should the link be dropped, it points to an AP report authored by Jordan Robertson, entitled, “New data spill shows risk of online health records” dated 21 August 2011. A Google search should easily find it.


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