VA Hires ISS in Data Theft Investigation

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-06-19 Print this article Print

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs turns to Internet Security Systems to help determine exactly what data was lost in a laptop theft.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs told eWEEK June 19 that the agency has hired Internet Security Systems, of Atlanta, to help determine exactly what information was lost in a massive data theft in May.

"ISS has been hired by VA to analyze the nature of the data the employee had been working with prior to the theft of the computer and external hard drive from his home," said VA spokesperson Matthew Burns, in Washington.

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The move to hire ISS had been announced earlier when Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson told the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee that the VA was already in discussions with ISS to help it figure out what was missing.

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Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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