Since there seems to be no way to contact Frank anonymously (yeah, I'd like to keep my job) to suggest a new thread, I'll do it here.
I suppose everyone is aware of the repercussions of some asshole manager taking 3 computers home for his kids to play games on. Everybody else gets punished. Who is this jerk?
Actually there are two ways to contact me anonymously. Send a blog comment or send an email. The second doesn't work if your only email address is @lanl.gov. Yes, I'd keep it secret but please don't do it anyway. Bad idea.
The name of "this jerk" has been published but I'll not repeat it now. The biggest jerk was the person who kicked in his door to steal these laptops. Granted, I still haven't heard a good justification for having three LANL laptops at home. The real story here is that nobody knows how many LANL computers are off-site. Asking everyone to bring them in might be a good start, but the truth is we'll probably never know.
SUBJECT: Computer Equipment Physical Verification – Action Required by Laboratory Workers
In response to recent NNSA and LANL management concerns, we have elected to complete a physical verification of all LANL computer and computer related equipment holdings. This verification process is intended to reduce our vulnerability by strengthening our physical and cyber security and to provide managers with a new level of awareness as to the type of computers, the number of computer and computer related equipment, and computer use in
Computer and computer related equipment are defined as: computers, computer desktops, workstation desktops, workstations, personal computers, computer workstations, computer laptops, computer hand held, computer navigational – GPS, servers, computer servers, workstation servers, central processing units, computer mainframes, and telephone cellular PDAs.
This verification process will begin with the immediate recall and physical verification of all LANL computers and computer-related equipment that is being used for off-site domestic and foreign travel, and/or home-use. All employees with computers and/or computer related equipment off-site must bring the equipment onto the LANL site no later than February 20, 2009. Items brought in must be secured on Lab property (i.e. in your office or lab if possible and permissible). Your organization’s property administrator will be contacting you to perform the verification process. If you have not heard from your property administrator by March 9, 2009, please contact them. Contact information for property administrators can be found at http://busblue.lanl.gov/property/search.asp. Exemptions to this verification process will be very limited, handled on a case-by-case basis, and must be approved at the Associate Director level. Each organization’s property administrators will assist in the property validation and can provide forms for the exemption process.
Guidance for off-site use of LANL computers or computer related equipment will be forthcoming; it is our intention to implement well defined requirements for off-site use and risk mitigation procedures. Until this verification process and guidance is issued, all LANL computers and computer related equipment must remain on-site.
Within the next few months, LANL Property Management will be working with each directorate to physically verify all computers and computer related equipment assigned to the Laboratory and to verify that all security protocols are in full working order. In order for the complete verification process to be successful, I am asking all ADs to ensure full participation and cooperation within their organizations.