An audit by KPMG of five Department of Homeland Security Organizations found that nearly a third of employees’ desks inspected contained sensitive information – from system passwords to personal identifiers that could be used for identity theft – left unsecured after the close of business, according to the Washington Examiner.
Employees at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard were the worst offenders with sensitive documents found on more than half and nearly a third, respectively, of the desks inspected. At the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors found unattended documents on more than 25 percent of the desks checked.
David Inserra, a research associate at the Heritage Foundation, told the Examiner, in any type of security, cyber or not, “people are often the weakest link.”