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March 06, 2007



Hats off to Bill, attorneys the best friends of the infosec geeks.

BTW, there's lot of other ways to lose a billion dollars on a laptop. What if the laptop had a billion dollars of intellectual property. Besides the value on the open market (think drug companies), what if that IP belonged to a business partner? Imagine the lawsuit that opens up.

Chuck Hollis

OK, now you've got me thinking again.

One thing that jumps out at me is the non-linear response that happens when society has had enough of a certain behavior.

For years, insider trading was part of the stock market. Then, all of the sudden, they made a big example of a few people, and that was that. Not that I have that much sympathy for Martha Stewart, but many people think she was unduly singled out.

More recently, there's the options dating scandal that's causing dozens of executives to be indicted. It's gone on for years, but now they're making a point of tracking down and punishing people.

Are we that far away from a time when some public-minded organization (or class action lawyers) decides this issue is a great opportunity, and goes after it with vigor?

I, for one, wouldn't be surprised.

Michelle Lavoie

This just raises the whole issue of corporate responsibility in a digital world; and the corresponding personal responsibility to manage data securely. Somewhere, there must be a pile of discarded or 'lost' laptops ....the lucky attorney who finds them!!!!

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

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