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NYSE hires ex-homeland security chief after SEC security lapse

Nov 19 2012 Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters

NYSE Euronext hired former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to make sure sensitive exchange data was not breached after U.S. securities regulators left their computers unencrypted, according to a person familiar with the matter. The computers, iPads, and other Apple devices belonged to employees in an office within the Securities and Exchange Commission's Trading and Markets Division that is responsible for making sure exchanges protect themselves from cyber threats. The security lapses were detailed in a non-public Aug. 30 report by Interim Inspector General Jon Rymer that Reuters wrote about earlier this month. According to the SEC, no breach of data occurred, the problem has been fixed, and two of the staffers responsible for the vulnerabilities have left the agency. But NYSE Euronext, operator of the New York Stock Exchange, is not convinced that the SEC thoroughly investigated the issue, this person said. In early October, when the

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