Beware of Critical Hardware ending up in Landfill

by Brad Garland

Came across this article on and thought it was a good reminder for us all:

If there are 3 things to be learned from VSECU's misfortune it is...

  1. Maintaining and auditing a log or checkout systems for all moving parts within a financial istitution will help ensure that critical hardware does not fall between the cracks
  2. Encrypting a hard drive is the difference between having customer information out in the open market and a fancy paper weight (Assuming an encryption method is used that does not have known vulnerabilities AES 128 block, 192, 256 bit for example)
  3. While the first 2 lessons can be gigantic pain in the you know what; it will save your reputation from taking a significant hit