Based on the raw numbers, you could be forgiven for thinking some kind of computer security alarm system is going off every five minutes on Parliament Hill.
The government experienced some form of data loss more than 3,700 times over a 10-month period that ended Jan. 29 of this year, according to figures recently tabled in Parliament and reported by the Ottawa Citizen. That would include a portable hard drive with social insurance numbers of 583,000 individuals that went missing from Employment and Social Development Canada, and a slew of incidents involving Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The total of reported data breaches outnumber what the public sector has admitted over the last decade. Some citizens are probably wondering if the government is merely careless, negligent, or both.
I’ve heard first-hand, however, that the government not only takes computer security seriously but has taken steps to do better. Five years ago, for instance, I hosted a conference in Ottawa on public sectorRead More »from Ottawa’s IT security problems seem 10 times worse than ever before