I was working with a group of Federal employees, good dedicated public servants who have truly devoted their lives to helping others live a better life. I was coordinating them speaking at a non-government conference.
The Conference encourages speakers to bring their PowerPoint on a laptop they are familiar with. A series of emails with their fearless leader.
- Our lap tops won't work unless they are logged onto our secure server, and we can't do that on public WiFi.
- Then bring the PowerPoints on a jump drive, and use someone else's computer
- Our jump drives are encrypted and won't work except on another encrypted government computer.
- Then email the PowerPoint to your home address and transfer it onto a personal jump drive
- We can't do that, it is a violation of security protocol for us to copy the file onto a jump drive that is not issued by the office.
- Hmm, how do you normally do this? We email the file to someone outside of the agency.
- So, if they email it to me, it is not a violation of security protocol, (there is nothing confidential on the file) and I can do anything with the file.
- The solution, totally lose control of the file, to keep from violating the security rules.
I wish I was kidding. So many bright people trying so hard to do the right thing. I sure am glad that file had nothing in it that is important.