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Well-Rounded Employees
After being unemployed for almost a year, I feel extremely lucky to have found employment in a challenging and rewarding environment ("Midcareer Crisis," June 13, p. 36). I cannot convey the disgust I feel for companies that insist on square pegs to fit into their boxes instead of looking for intelligent people with proven track records, who, given time, can fit into almost any box (and maybe even think outside the box). In addition to age discrimination, "certification discrimination" is equally short-sighted. People used to be evaluated based on their promise and potential.

Scott Danforth
Director of Technology, ePath Learning,
New London, Conn.

Encrypt Data
Here's a critically important question in the Citibank tape loss incident: Why was the data not encrypted ("Citigroup's Lost Tapes Cast Spotlight On Data Security," June 7)?

This is an obvious and inexpensive protective measure. As a bonus, not only does it significantly limit damage from the loss of the tapes, it deters thieves in the first place--why bother stealing something if you can't make use of it?

I guess the real problem is a lack of any significant positive incentives and the lack of strong disincentives. This, coupled with a lack of thoughtful leadership in these organizations, has led us to an unfortunate place.

Chris Sedore,
IT Director, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University,
Syracuse, N.Y.

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