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VARs Up To Challenge Of Preventing Data Theft, Loss

The theft of a computing device containing the names, social security numbers and birth dates of 26.5 million U.S. veterans and some of their spouses once again brings to the forefront the importance of securing securing data on a storage device or a PC.

But so far, it looks like many end users and their channel partners haven’t taken the steps needed to address the problem.

On Monday, Reuters reported that earlier this month, data on an unspecified computing device was stolen from the residence of an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The employee wasn’t authorized to have that data outside the office, according to the report.

A major problem in such scenarios is that the security of the data--no matter what type of perimeter safeguards are in place--remains vulnerable at its weakest point: the people who handle the data, said Dave Cerniglia, president of Consiliant Technologies, an Irvine, Calif.-based storage vendor.

"In the VA case, it's your own people screwing up," Cerniglia said. "It's always going to be an issue. This is probably a dedicated guy who did a good job all his life who now screws up and will probably lose his job."

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