25 June 2008
Armed forces recruits from the "Facebook generation" do not take data
security seriously enough, a Ministry of Defence security probe has
Young recruits were used to the "rapid and often uninhibited exchange of
information", the report added.
But "this behaviour must be tempered by common sense and sound
judgment... and the particular concerns of MoD work", report author Sir
Edmund Burton noted.
He was asked to investigate after the theft of MoD laptops in
In a highly critical report, he says the MoD had lost its Cold War
discipline for data security and there was "little awareness" of its
importance among staff.
As a result a major security incident had been "inevitable".
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