USB keys disappear, one found in downtown Ottawa
A USB key handed out to an employee in the federal department tasked with helping Canadian companies compete for domestic and foreign security contracts vanished early in 2013. Till date they have not been able to find out where the USB key ended up.
Another USB key that was neither password protected nor encrypted was found on a downtown Ottawa sidewalk by a Good Samaritan. It contained protected information — albeit out of date details — of a federal project.
The two instances are among dozens of security incidents logged by Public Works and Government Services Canada over the last year in the capital, which has the largest slice proportionally of public servants in the country. The USB key losses are two of four investigated in 2013 by Public Works.