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County security chief under fire

Peter Ekanem, Santa Clara County’s top information security officer, is facing possible criminal charges for unauthorized use of his office computer and cell phone, actions that amount to security breaches. Ekanem, who is under investigation by the district attorney’s office, was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 3, leaving the county without its top expert on protecting computer systems from intruders while the nation is on heightened alert against terrorism. Among other actions that violate some of the very policies he wrote, a search warrant says Ekanem e-mailed internal documents to a former county employee in Africa. Full Story

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