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Data Encryption: Naughty Details Not Protected In RAF Hard Disk Drive Data Breach

The Guardian has found out, via a Freedom of Information Act, that a military data breach from last year involved more than meets the eye (or its press release).  In September 2008, the Royal Air Force had announced that three hard disk drives that weren't protected with full disk encryption were stolen from a high-security area.

At that time, it was announced that the private information of 50,000 RAF personnel could be compromised.  However, it turns out that there was just a wee bit more involved.

According to new details, there was information on 500 people that was more private than others.  Private enough that they could be used to blackmail servicemen (and women?), such as "details of criminal convictions, investigations, precise details of debt, medical conditions, drug abuse, use of prostitutes, extra-marital affairs including the names of third parties."

Wow. (On the whole, though, it's not surprising that military personnel are involved in such activities; after all, uniform or not, these are still people).

Keeping track of such information is required, if the military ends up knowing about it, since it could compromise the integrity of the military.  For example, if you knew someone with a high rank had cheated on one's spouse, would you give that person a security clearance to the most secret of military secrets?  After all, if you know about it, chances are there's someone else out there that knows about it as well...and plenty of caught-spouses will turn over information to keep their marital bliss (which is weird, because, if there was bliss to begin with, why the philandering?).

Now, this is the thing: it could be that you know about it, but nobody else does.  But if you want to keep it that way, you've got to keep that information secret.  For example, by not having the hard disk with such information stolen.  Otherwise, you may just have done your enemy a great favor.  Now, they've got a list of targets.

As I pointed out the last time, important information needs to be protected with the use of encryption like AlertBoot endpoint security.  The more important information is, the more layers of security involved in protecting that information.  Physical protection is all well and good, but what's one going to do once if enemies make it past all physical barriers?

Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/24/raf-military-files-stolen-blackmail

 
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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.