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#1 Apr 8, 2009
Department Director Brennon Morioka says he regrets "the very serious impact the missing information could have on so many individuals."
It's too bad Director Morioka's personal info was also stolen. Maybe then-this type of thing wouldn't occur.
#2 Apr 8, 2009
Why are they carrying around personal information on laptops. What possible reason could any one employee have for needing this info "in the field". I smell a letter to kokua line coming on.
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#3 Apr 8, 2009
I asked myself the very same question. Kinda makes ya wonder how many other government employees are running around with OUR personal info on their laptops too??!!
#4 Apr 8, 2009
#5 Apr 8, 2009
Re: Laptop with personal data stolen
I believe any and all portable computing device should also be installed with software that allows DATA ENCRYPTION! particularly because these devices are transportable and prone to misplacement or theft.
Furthermore, any DEPENDABLE, RESPONSIBLE organization enforces DUE DILIGENCE. This news further fuels our perception of government as inefficient and sloth-like!
#6 Apr 8, 2009
this is what I wrote him:
First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this email.
While browsing through the Honolulu Star-Bulletin I had come across the article about the missing laptop.
As a professional in the I.T. field I feel that all this could have been avoided and I just want to make sure you know this as well.
A properly designed and implemented I.T. policy is crucial especially when dealing with the State and highly sensitive information such as SS#'s, etc.
A couple of thoughts:
1) Never keep sensitive information on a laptop (or computer for that matter).
Why? Data loss and risk. You now know the risk as it can be stolen but data loss can occur if a hard drive fails.
It is suggested to keep the data in a database in a secure computer room within the department. Laptop users and PC users can then establish a secure VPN connection to that database so the information is never kept on their computers. Each user will also have to log into the VPN connection thus providing an additional authentication step for security purposes.
2) Laptops do get stolen so you can't stop this. You can however install software that will provide tracking, theft recovery and can even send a remote data wipe to the laptop to make all of the information disappear.
Thank you again for your time. With this information and the right people working behind the scenes you can prevent further headaches.
#7 Apr 8, 2009
And he just replied back the following:
"Aloha John. I appreciate your suggestions and we are already looking into some of them. We are having discussions with our IT folks continuously at this point and I will be sure to reinforce some of your suggestions as they are valid ones."
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