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Re: Confirmed: Anonymous Hacked The Federal Reserve
If data security loomed as large in management's mind as justifying and obtaining next year's budget from Congress, security practices would be a lot tighter... and violations at any agency level would carry genuine and well-demonstrated sanctions (demotion, dismissal, major fines, prison time, etc). The actual scenarios that keep unfolding fall well short of that... and they demonstrate that data security is simply not truly a top priority. At least, not in most governmental agencies. Put another way, if behavioral lapses and decisions of the responsible managers and those beneath them directly caused the loss of a good chunk of that agency's budget for the following year, heads would roll and/or people would go to jail. That just doesn't happen with most governmental data security breaches and lapses, and if it does, it's always the lowest member of the custodial food-chain who is sacrificed to get things to quiet back down.
In these digital-compromise flaps, the reality remains that it's "other people's data" that's generally involved. And that creates a lack of any true sense of personal 'ownership' by the custodians (at all levels) entrusted with the data and providing for its secure storage. The only thing that stimulates a true sense of ownership is if it is actually made to become the custodial chain's data as well. That is accomplished by making the pain of its loss/compromise to be at least as directly felt by the custodians as the sum of all the pain (real or potential) of all those people/entities whose data it really is or who may be directly impacted by its loss. But until the entire food-chain of custodial staff take ownership of data security just as seriously as they do with budget, the problem will remain and, given the growth of hacking techniques, keep growing. Moreover, the war for data security is being fought (and lost) one agency at a time... the broader the horizon, the less the sense of real data ownership one sees within government custodial chains.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. A. de Tocqueville