COME ON! IBM? Losing a tape?

IBM lost a tape containing employee's personal information by literally dropping it off the back of a truck.

According to this ComputerWorld story , IBM lost a tape by dropping it off the back of a truck.  They say they "know right where they lost it," but they looked there and didn't find it.  They have no evidence of anyone getting it or tampering with it.  They SAY that you couldn't read the tape on a PC.

Really?  What about Hercules that simulates a mainframe on a PC? 

So not only was IBM transporting their employee's personal information on unencrypted tapes, they were transporting them via a truck that allows tapes to fall out?  What's that about?

Come on, people, can't we all review all of the ways that we're moving tapes around and look for holes like this before the next incident? 


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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.