Monday, February 12, 2007

If the FBI can't keep track of 'em...

The AP is reporting that the inspector general with jurisdiction over the FBI is reporting that the Bureau's losses of laptops have been reduced significantly from a prior study (previously about 11 1/2 per month, now reduced to about 3 1/2 a month).

Still -- That's over 3 laptops a month, any one of which might contain crown jewel-level information. "'Perhaps most troubling, the FBI could not determine in many cases whether the lost or stolen laptop computers contained sensitive or classified information,' said the report."

This post is not here to bash the Bureau -- Rather, it's a wakeup call for the rest of us. If the FBI is having trouble doing this, can we expect organizations whose entire raison d'etre is not security to keep up? Not that we shouldn't be trying, but do have a realistic point of view on how much can be achieved (and, more important, presume that your best-laid-plans will fall victim to human beings' own issues).

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