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VA Breaches Described

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 19, 2010

Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker described two recent data breach incidents during a monthly briefing for congress, Federal News Radio reports, noting that the incidents indicate that some department employees are not following policies and procedures to safeguard information. In one incident, an employee lost a personal, unencrypted thumb drive that was being used to store veterans' records, and in the second, a worker printed out records containing veterans' personal data and then took those records home. The good news, Baker said, is that most employees are following data protection rules.
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