I received this from one of my colleagues while sitting in the Las Vegas airport, heading home from last night’s Seattle event. One of our event topics addressed the whereabouts of your client’s data…where is it? It’s everywhere. And that includes home.
In an article from Today’s Washington Post (Thanks to my official DC Correspondent Tim), sensitive data from the ethics panel (one of the most secretive panels in Congress) is now in the hands of, who knows who? Inadvertently placed on a public network drive, an unnamed government employee was able to access and forward this information to the Washington Post!
“The committee’s review of investigations became available on file-sharing networks because of a junior staff member’s use of the software while working from home, Lofgren and Bonner said in a statement issued Thursday night.”
“Peer-to-peer” technology has previously caused inadvertent breaches of sensitive financial, defense-related and personal data from government and commercial networks, and it is prohibited on House networks. “
While it may be prohibited in government, it isn’t in most organizations. And the likelihood of the average user knowing that their kids have loaded this on home networks is small. This is just one more reason your clients should be constantly assessing, and putting technology I place to control data leakage.