Last Friday, the House Government Reform Committee released a report highlighting government agencies who have experienced data loss incidents along with the number of individuals affected.
The report is staggering. 19 agencies have reported breaches since January 2003 and it is not known if the individuals affected were ever notified of the data loss.
These are the conclusions drawn from the report:
- Data loss is a government-wide occurrence.
- Agencies do not always know what has been lost.
- Physical security of data is essential.
- Contractors are responsible for many of the reported breaches.