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Published: Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
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Not scrubbing computers negligent

Regarding the article, “State computers with private information sent to surplus”: I hate to say this, but computers have been in use for many, many years. As an information protection specialist in my past, being a certified protection professional; and many other certifications along with having a master’s degree in computer science, I must say that the information technical people with the Sstate and even our U.S. government are totally ignorant when it comes to protecting our sensitive information. It also pertains to paper records as well.
Wake up, people! Over-looking a darned important task of not wiping (preferable destroying the media on a CD, DVD, hard disk, etc., is an outright crime. In fact, it is called “gross negligence.” I have seen this overlooked in businesses as well. The CIO and CSO should be held responsible.
Information protection is at the very top of sensitive information. It once again demonstrates that the information protection education is not be emphasized! Let’s get on board CIO/CSOs and employees ... it might even be your own information.
Sam Cheyne
Marysville
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