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(CBC)   Good and bad news for Canadian Students: hard drive containing personal information about more than half a million people who received student loans has gone missing   (cbc.ca) divider line 3
    More: Interesting, Canadians, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Gatineau  
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2013-01-12 02:29:28 AM  
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How this should have played out...

Bob: Hey Joe, I lost my laptop with 500K student records on it
Joe: Your laptop had a corporate OS image, with full disk encryption and FOB token authentication enabled, right?
Bob: Yeah
Joe: Is your FOB in your pocket?
Bob: Yeah
Joe: Meh.  Pass me another beer.
2013-01-12 03:58:06 AM  
1 votes:

Dinjiin: How this should have played out...

Bob: Hey Joe, I lost my laptop with 500K student records on it
Joe: Your laptop had a corporate OS image, with full disk encryption and FOB token authentication enabled, right?
Bob: Yeah
Joe: Is your FOB in your pocket?
Bob: Yeah
Joe: Meh.  Pass me another beer.


While you're right practically, conceptually I think the point is larger. When electronic information is held in a single bucket (or duplicated across multiple buckets - think cloud), all it takes is a single breach by an individual bad actor for that data to be compromised. The one:many problem playing out in a big way.

Think about your medical records, for example. Some years ago, you'd have to go all Fletch in your search (essentially 1:1 intrusion - or if one:many, rather impractical to take/copy the contents of the entire medical records room in a single facility), Today, a motivated individual could gain access to the data of millions of people - and duplicate those data across any number of media nearly instantly (compared).

I'm no fan of the cloud in a lot of ways. This problem gets talked about a lot, but I don't think we (collectively) know what it means - or even understand the full implications of it. And in a broader sense, the one:many thing is orders of magnitude greater than any time in our recorded history. There's a lot to it, conceptually.
2013-01-11 11:54:52 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah, the creditors have back ups.

some_beer_drinker: that was all on one hard drive?? where is the unlikely tag?


Text files are pretty low impact, memory wise.

The entire Wheel of Time, 14 volumes, more than 4 million words, is only a few megabytes.
 
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