RE: [ISN] Stolen computer may contain Navy secrets

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Fri Aug 21 1998 - 15:24:02 PDT

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    [Moderator: Several more people have mailed in with much the same
     response. Despite working in secured SCIFs, and despite regulations
     that *should* closely monitor the coming and going of electronic
     media, they often don't. Responses came in from AF/Navy contractors.]
    Reply From: Trevor Gryffyn <tgryffynat_private>
    > [Moderator: Sounds like this laptop was not in a SCIF at all, but
    >  carried around the ship at times. Even if a SCIF based laptop,
    >  I have been in SCIFs and SCI areas that did not get searches
    >  on the way out, even carrying a laptop bag.]
    I worked for a contractor and was in an out of SCIFs all the time and they
    never really checked.  They were only secure in the fact that they were
    shielded to some degree, had their own specially grounded electric circuit,
    etc.  The company did TEMPEST testing so we had a lot of little labs that
    had to prevent stray signals from getting in during tests and also keeping
    things inside that we didn't want someone else to see via any form of
    TEMPEST or other emissions based monitoring.
    But all in all, it was a really unsecure environment.  Lots of Simplex
    locks, but really slack security (my ex wandered in and was wandering the
    halls for 20 minutes before someone stopped her).
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