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Agencies in Oklahoma taking steps to protect data

Agencies in Oklahoma taking steps to protect data
Agencies in Oklahoma taking steps to protect data

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May 7, 2009

Policies and procedures have been changed to cut the risk of personal 
information being compromised because of stolen or misplaced laptop 
computers and data storage devices, officials at three state agencies 
told a House committee Wednesday.

"This is a real wake-up call,=E2=80=9D said Dennis Shockley, executive director 
of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.

"We thought we had real good security.=E2=80=9D

More than a million names were on a stolen state Department of Human 
Services laptop computer and about 225,000 names were on a stolen 
Housing Finance Agency laptop, both swiped in April. About 5,000 names 
were on a flash drive of an Oklahoma Employment Security Commission 
employee that was lost in March. All the information contained at least 
the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of the agencies=E2=80=99 

Shockley said his agency is looking at encryption software as well as 
putting the data on secure servers instead of letting employees place 
the information on their laptops, he said.


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