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HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS SECURITY

By Jaqui ·
--IG Report: IRS Secure Messaging Must be Used by All to be Effective
(28 February 2005)
A report from the Treasury Department Inspector General of tax
administration found that while the Internal Revenue Service has a
Secure Messaging system which allows employees to securely share
sensitive information through email, only 76% of IRS email mailboxes
have been enrolled. The program is not effective unless both the sender
and the recipient of the message are using the encryption service. The
encryption program consumes both storage and financial resources; if the
IRS decides it wants to keep the program, the IG report recommends
making sure that 100% of employees who send sensitive data are enrolled.
http://www.gcn.com/cgi-bin/udt/im.display.printable?client.id=gcndaily2&story.id=35174

they should just set the email clients to use by default, no opt-in, no opt-out.
then it's not an issue.

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