By Alice Lipowicz
Nov 18, 2010
Two recent privacy breaches at the Veterans Affairs Department involved
employees who disregarded information security protocols they were
trained to follow, said Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information
and technology at VA.
One incident involved an employee who plugged a personal unencrypted
thumb drive into his computer at work and used it to inappropriately
store Social Security numbers and other personal data for 240 veterans.
The thumb drive was then lost inside a VA facility, found by a VA
security guard, taken home by the guard and finally returned to VA
officials, who declared the events a security breach.
In the other incident, a VA employee printed out Social Security numbers
and other personal information on 180 veterans and took the papers home,
where he typed the information into a Microsoft Word file on his home
computer. When he tried to send the file to his work account via e-mail,
VA's system flagged the message, resulting in discovery of the breach.
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