Friday, September 22, 2006

1,137 Laptops!?!?

This is absolutely amazing. Since 2001 the US Department of Commerce has lost 1,137 of the over 30,000 laptops it has used. The Census Bureau has the largest number of laptops missing or stolen with 672, 246 of those contained some personal data. The next closest organization within the Commerce Department to have missing laptops is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at 325 laptops. I suppose you can excuse a couple getting sucked into a tornado or something. Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, munchkins are surfing for porn using US government equipment. But still, 325? Luckily, only 3 of the NOAA laptops contained personal data. Other bureaus like the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Bureau of Industry and Security were also missing computers but no where near the scale of the Census Bureau or NOAA and none of those laptops contained personal data.

Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez outlined a number of steps that the Department is going to implement to prevent further missing laptops or even worse, potential breaches of personal data. But there are two that stick out. Two that should have been implemented in the first place. First is making the employees more accountable for their laptops. Having one stolen is one thing but the number missing is just plain inexcusable. The second reform that stuck out was having one database of all departmental property. While this is all fine and dandy, even if each bureau and agency was tracking on their own, numbers like 672 and 325 should have stuck out. Hell, even a number like 42 from the International Trade Association should have thrown a red flag.

Maybe we'll get lucky and most of the computers will have batteries made by Sony.

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