Well, that wasn’t very smart.
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven confirmed on Monday that private information concerning citizens of Sweden had been exposed to serious security risks after the government outsourced IT services for the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) to IBM in 2015.
IBM, in turn, left an astounding amount of information exposed to a number of unauthorized users around the world — including the names, home addresses, and photos of every member of the police, secret military units, information from the witness-relocation program, information regarding the weight capacity of all roads and bridges, and details regarding the specifications of all government and military vehicles (and their drivers).
Apparently, the transport agency mistakenly emailed their entire database of sensitive information to marketers in plain text. And upon realizing their error, the agency decided to merely ask subscribers to delete the old message and later sent out an updated one. The numerous security risks presented by this were only compounded by the fact that the outsourcing of this information in the first place apparently resulted in a number of IBM staff members from around the world being given full access to the transportation agency’s systems. …
“… emailed their entire database … in plain text.”
The problem is not that someone deserves to be fired.
Well, I mean, that goes without saying.
But the real problem is the world has become a complicated place–and sadly a lot of people, including technology people and government bureaucrats–have utterly and completely failed to keep up.
Which, to me, indicates a failure of management and a failure of systems as well as a failure of individuals.
Source: Governments are not in Control