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Irish Parliament Member’s Office Ransacked. Triple Locked Door Not Enough For Data Security

The Irish police, the gardai, are investigating the break-in and burglary of a Labour member.  The office of Jack Wall TD, a member of the lower Parliament of Ireland, was found ransacked on Monday.  The thieves made off with two laptop computers, one of them with sensitive information; a scanner; and some money that was raised during a fundraiser.  Thankfully, hard drive encryption was used on the laptop computer with the sensitive information.

Off the top of my head, I can think of at least four information security instances in Ireland this year.  There was the case of the blood bank that suffered a breach in New York; two instances involving the Bank of Ireland; and this latest one.  No doubt there are others that are escaping my mind at this moment.  Call it selective memory, but it seems that Ireland understands what it means to protect data.

This latest case is a good example.  The main door to the building had three locks.  I personally don’t believe this represents adequate security, but when you consider that most business, across the world, believe one lock is sufficient security, well, these guys have gone the extra mile.  Plus, the doors were wrecked, leading gardai to believe that the perpetrators used a sledge hammer or iron bar to break in.  When violence is used to gain entry, it generally means that existing security wasn’t just for show.  Compare this to instances where burglars entered the premises via unlocked windows or fiddled with the door.

However, what’s really commendable is that full disk encryption is being used on top of these physical security measures.  Unlike organizations that believe a locked door is all that’s required to protect the contents of a computer, many Irish organizations have opted to have their data encrypted, no buts or ifs.  Why?

Obviously because the law requires it.  But if we’re to be a bit more philosophical, I suppose it’s an admission that there are no guarantees in life.  There is no guarantee that a trusted employee will not rob your offices during the night.  There is no guarantee that a security guard won’t do the same.  Or that someone won’t drive a car through the doors.  Or that someone will use a sledgehammer.  I mean, there are just so many ways of committing theft…how to you guarantee the security of a computer with so many variables out in the world?  You can’t.  You do the next best thing, which is to somehow guarantee the safety of the data.

Encryption products like file encryption and usb disk data security software to protect external hard drives cannot protect data at all times.  For example, encryption can’t protect you from employees who have a beef to grind with you and happen to know the encryption passwords.  But, it can guarantee safety when a computer is missing due to theft or misplacement, which comprise over half of all data breaches.

Related Articles:
http://www.herald.ie/national-news/oireachtas-laptop-stolen-after-breakin-at-tds-office-1552065.html
http://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/Constituency-info-on-laptop-robbed.4706515.jp

 

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.