VA Hires ISS in Data Theft Investigation

 
 
By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-06-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs turns to Internet Security Systems to help determine exactly what data was lost in a laptop theft.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs told eWEEK June 19 that the agency has hired Internet Security Systems, of Atlanta, to help determine exactly what information was lost in a massive data theft in May. "ISS has been hired by VA to analyze the nature of the data the employee had been working with prior to the theft of the computer and external hard drive from his home," said VA spokesperson Matthew Burns, in Washington. For advice on how to secure your network and applications, as well as the latest security news, visit Ziff Davis Internets Security IT Hub.
The move to hire ISS had been announced earlier when Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson told the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee that the VA was already in discussions with ISS to help it figure out what was missing.
The theft of the VA laptop was discovered in early May when the employee who had taken the computer and an external hard drive to his home told his supervisor and local police that his home had been broken into and the equipment taken. The computer and its hard drive contained personal information of millions of current and former service members. Secretary Nicholson wasnt notified until three weeks after the theft. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces new security measures. Click here to read more.
Since that time, the VA employee and several levels of his management have been fired by the agency. Although eWEEK has contacted ISS for comments on what it expects to find when it analyzes the VA information, the company has not provided any additional information, or even a confirmation that it has been hired by the VA. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
 
 
 
 
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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