I often explain that Information Security focuses on Information Assets.
Some day, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry
which reads, "Information"; for in most cases the information is
more valuable than the hardware which processes it.
-- Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, USN Ret.
Some people see this as a binary absolute - they think that there's no need to asses the risks to the physical assets or that somehow this is automatically considered when assessing the risk to information.
The thing is there are differing types of information and differing types of containers for them.
We can all see what went wrong here.
1. He should have gone by car and not the train.
2. He should have had the documents on his laptop
3. The laptop should have been tethered in the trunk of the said car.
4. The documents should have been clearly labelled
"*Not* about the F-35"
5. His laptop should have had its patches and AV up to date.
Just one question.
What's with this "hit by"?
That headline is trying to make out that the documents were the guilty - and actively so - party.
Well, perhaps that not the fault of the journalist, perhaps that's the stance the politician is taking 🙂
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I must admit, this isn't quite what I expected when I read the headline. I was expecting the contents of the laptop that had somehow come into the hands of the police or DEA to contain evidence that lead to the bust. As it was, the recovery was a result of "phone home" software and the
bust was an incidental.
Security software built into a stolen laptop computer led police to a
Hoisington residence on Tuesday. Authorities not only found the
computer, but they also uncovered what appears to be a methamphetamine
So what is the procedure around the 'phone home' software? Does it
contact the police directly? Does the owner notify the 'phone home'
software vendor and they in turn notify the police when they have a trace?
Detective Denton Doze at the Great Bend Police Department said the
$9,000 computer, along with hand tools and power tools, was stolen
during a burglary reported last Friday at the My Town project, 1419 Main
That must have been quite some laptop!
As of Wednesday evening, the missing tools had not been accounted for.
Well, obviously. They don't have 'phone home' software that runs when they are used.