Breached dam data poses no threat to public, Army says

Someone with fraudulent credentials was given government-level access to national dam database for months

By , Computerworld |  Security

Generally speaking, putting sensitive data in a system that is accessible via the Web is a bad idea, Westin said.

Even if sensitive data is segregated and available only to authorized users, someone with access to the public portion of the database can find a way to break into restricted area, he said.

"If you want to keep data secure, don't put it online," Westin said.

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