Friday, July 16, 2004

A dramatic example of the business need for Information Security

I've just read that Los Alamos National Lab has temporarily suspended all classified research due to a continuing pattern of Information Security problems. Specifically, in this last incident they lost two ZIP disks containing classified weapons-related information.

Classified research counts for a lot of their business, so I hate to think how much this is affecting a) their scientific mission, and b) their bottom line. It's nice to hear that they are finally taking decisive actions to clear up the problem, though.

On that note, here's my favorite quote from the article:

Nanos said people at the lab sometimes have an attitude of impunity, expressed in the phrase, "They can't fire us all."

Speaking to those who had behaved with a cavalier attitude, Nanos said, "We're going high and right on this one. And the fact of the matter is, if we have to, we will fire you all."

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