MoD 'Facebook generation' warning

MoD 'Facebook generation' warning
MoD 'Facebook generation' warning 

BBC News
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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