[E&Y may be number two in revenue and employees, but it appears
to be number one when it comes to losing laptops... - WK]
By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View
26th February 2006
Ernst and Young appears set on establishing a laptop loss record in
February. The accounting giant has lost four more systems, according
to a report in the Miami Herald.
A group of Ernst and Young auditors toddled off for lunch on Feb. 9,
leaving their laptops in an office building conference room. According
to security footage, two men entered the conference room a couple of
minutes after the Ernst and Young staffers left and walked off with
four Dell laptops valued at close to $8,000, the paper reported .
This theft follows a higher-profile incident in which an Ernst and
Young employee lost his laptop containing the social security numbers
and other personal information of customers. One such customer
happened to be Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy who was told that
his social security number had been compromised - an incident first
reported here .
The laptop with McNealy's data was stolen from an employee's car,
according to Ernst and Young.
It's unclear what type of security Ernst and Young had on the four
laptops pinched in Miami. It maintains that the laptop containing
McNealy's information was password protected.
Ernst and Young has failed to issue a public statement about these
breaches despite being a major advocate of transparency in such issues
in its role as an auditor and corporate advisor. =AE
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