At the beginning of the week, the TSA announced that a laptop containing the personal information of passengers enrolled in its fast track screening program had been stolen. However, in what appears to be a case of “Where did you have it last?"...
LoL. My last encounter with the TSA almost left me stuck in Puerto Rico where they can't read drivers licenses. I had to convince the guy my license wasn't expired cause he read the ISS (issued) as EXP or expires and didn't believe me at first when I said my license was totally valid. Which almost resulted in an Airport Terminal freak out.
TSA is a damn joke. They're being run by rude people. if you pussy out, they treat u like shit. but when u stand against them, they backed out mad fast. Especially when u ask to see the highest guy in the airport, make sure you SAY IT OUT LOUD, if they dare to touch you, take a picture with ur phone's camera and u can sue their ass.
Ummmmm Jane....If you're going to write syndicated articles for the World Wide Web, maybe you could take into consideration that readers from countries other than your own may not know what the abbreviations in the article mean. Had to Google TSA to find out what the hell you were talking about. lol
From now on, when I hear that x number of laptops have been stolen, I'm not going to be so worried as I once was. They probably just left x amount of laptops in a warehouse somewhere exactly where they should be.
So they basically have the same info/data on a server. Why does the laptop have to have a copy again?
Should it really be necessary to have a copy on the laptop, why not add another layer of security (aside from the usual-but-rarely followed ones)? Remove all unique info/data from the copy on the laptop and replace them w/ one identifiable data/key/ID that can be tied to specific info/data on the server? If all they need are names, just store the names plus an, ID for each name, on the laptop. For added security, the ID on the laptop is not the same as that stored on the main database but is different and is stored on a separate database that stores a combination of ID from both the laptop and the server. This way, even the ID on the laptop can not be used against the main database. Another benefit of this is that each laptop can isolated, and should it be compromised, the database containing the IDs from both laptop and main database can just be cleared (archived and removed from normal access). Ofcourse, it'll be more effective the less unique info stored on the laptop.
I'm no security expert but at least its better than having a complete record on a laptop.