IRS to Encrypt All Laptops

After a recent audit discovered unencrypted sensitive taxpayer data on 44% of tested IRS laptops and hundreds of missing laptops, the IRS now announces they will in the coming weeks.

“What the report showed, which was correct, was that we weren’t taking the proper steps to protect some laptops,” [IRS Commissioner Mark] Everson said. “We’ve worked to encrypt all of the laptops, and that’s just about done. We’ve got a couple dozen more we’ve got to finish up in the next few weeks.”

It would’ve been more reassuring if he’d said they were taking the proper steps to protect taxpayers’ private information, since encryption is only as strong as its weakest link. But it is the IRS after all.

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