Being an aspiring retiree at some point in the distant future, I wasn't happy to see that computer tapes containing sensitive information of former IBM employees fell out of a contractor's car somewhere near Armonk, only to disappear into thin air.
Stuff happens, as they say, but I prefer to keep my Social Security number, birth date, contact information, IBM work history, and other personal information in the realm of the HR community and not for any passer by that happens to have picked up the tapes as they hitchhiked into northern Westchester.
But I'm also glad to see at least some of the tapes were encrypted (no use making it easy for said hitchhiker to crack my SS # -- was it at least Triple DES?). I'm also glad to see we're offering a year of free credit-monitoring to the affected employees.
Do we need to also set up a Route 22 highway data patrol as well???
Our mistake should be other companies' lesson: Encrypt the ---- tapes. All of them.
And hire contractors who can keep them in the truck.
Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
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