Blackberry security

All the security settings in the world don’t matter if they aren’t turned on.

According to the Washington Examiner, the social security numbers names and addresses of nearly 700 Prince William County Virginia residents was potentially disclosed when a county issued Blackberry was stolen.  The Blackberry stolen from a vehicle parked in a county employee’s driveway overnight.  

Like most news we’ll probably never hear the rest of this.   It sounds IT negligence to deploy a Blackberry without a PIN timeout requirement and encryption enabled.  There wasn’t an existing policy about PII on the Blackberry.   And of course we have to think about physical security.   Its easy to have a false sense of security about the things we leave in our cars.