VA to spend $3.7M on encryption tools
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $3.7 million on encryption software following a theft in May of hardware containing the personal information of 26.5 million veterans and active duty military personnel.
The VA has awarded a contract for veteran-owned small business SMS Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., to install two encryption software packages on all of the department's computers, handhelds and storage devices. The installation is scheduled to start Friday, and VA Secretary R. James Nicholson wants all VA laptops to include encryption software within a month, the VA said. VA to spend $3.7M on encryption tools
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