Hearing reports like this bothers me as I am sure it bugs others too. In April we had all the folks at the SEC watching porn too. Are we not adults to where we need baby sitters at government levels? It sure sounds like we have some folks who may not be in the adult category. Over the years I have removed peer to peer software from employee computers and they get mad, go figure. They think their computer at work belongs to them, to which I say no this is the company computer, yours is at home.
SEC Staffers Spent A Lot of Time Watching Pornography on Government Computers – Why We Need Data Auditing Algorithms that Run 24/7
So speaking of home computers used for business use, do they not have enough sense to realize that sensitive data can be exposed on the web?
Now this post tells me a lot here in the fact that I don’t think Congress understands peer to peer networks when I read that the Senate wants to put a warning on the computer instead of restricting it, and we might get rid of the porn abusers at the same time by not having it available. The link below goes to an article from March of 2010 so how slow do we go.
Breaking News: House Passed a Bill to Prevent Government Employees From Using Peer to Peer File Sharing!
I am just curious as to what methods of reasoning Congress uses when healthcare is grilled to the inth degree for the most part about security, and yet we have all these other folks out there cruising and looking for porn. Healthcare needs improvement no doubt too but there are some very good CIOs out there doing a real good job with security and it’s not the CIOs of the health insurance companies either.
File Sharing Peer to Peer Programs Still Posing Risk to Exposing Patient Data – Think Twice About This
These folks are the same ones that are concerned about data security and just passed a huge Healthcare Reform package right? This worries me. What this says is that we have a bit of lack of education in software that almost every kid wants to use to get free music, videos and other items from connecting to another computer on the web, but yet we have leaders that have no clue what in the heck this is, been around for years and Napster was the beginning years ago. We have folks that don’t pay attention as to how technology is shaping our world. Is there really a true understanding in Congress as to what HIPAA is all about?
We talk about health literacy, well consumer IT literacy needs to come first in my opinion as the 2 work together these days. Many hospitals run systems that go out and scour the web for accidental abuses and they can find out who’s hanging out on porn sites too.
Now we have members of Congress mad at Google as they potentially intercepted information from wireless devices from US Congressmen who didn’t have a lick of sense and left their wireless open without a password, so pot calling the kettle black here?
Members of Congress Not Locking Down Their Home Wireless Networks with Passwords Now Angered At Google For Snooping with Street Views?
Maybe this is why the Russian spies had such a cushy and easy job, maybe what they were looking for was all out there for free and Google should be the least of their worries, it’s the other folks they should worry about. Jane Harman, chair of the Intelligence Subcommittee from Homeland Security was one that left her router open? Huh?? There were 20 government officials in all that are upset with Google over their street views with the collection of data.
How do we cure this, participate in the very basics of computer IT knowledge today, please. Once this happens we can work on creating a higher level of health literacy, and while we are at it, get some role models out there besides the President, constituents would like to see this instead of having to read about the folks in the Pentagon getting busted for child pornography. BD
Several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors have been accused of -- and in some cases were convicted of -- purchasing and downloading child pornography on government computers, the Department of Defense's inspector general's office disclosed in documents released Friday.
The investigation that led prosecutors to these government workers was actually part of a larger Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency sting called Operation Flicker, aimed at identifying individuals who paid money over the Internet to access child pornography overseas, according to the inspector general's office.
That sweep collected information on more than 5,000 people in 60 undercover stings involving 18 child porn websites. Among those were several dozen who worked for Pentagon intelligence services.