Compare the dedication with which Kentucky Fried Chicken safeguards the combination of eleven herbs and spices that made the Colonel's chicken famous:
So important is the 68-year-old concoction that coats the chain's Original Recipe chicken that only two company executives at any time have access to it. The company refuses to release their names or titles, and it uses multiple suppliers who produce and blend the ingredients but know only a part of the entire contents.
Dietl, a former New York City police detective, assured Eaton that the iconic recipe would be safe.
"There's no way, shape or form … that anybody is going to get their hands on this recipe," he said. "And if they get their hands on this recipe, they have to take me with them."
His security firm is also handling the security improvements for the recipe at headquarters, but he wouldn't say what changes they're making.
KFC executives said they decided to upgrade security after retrieving the recipe amid preparations to add a new line of Original Recipe chicken strips.
The recipe has been stashed at the company headquarters for decades, and for more than 20 years has been tucked away in a filing cabinet equipped with two combination locks. To reach the cabinet, the keepers of the recipe would first open up a vault and unlock three locks on a door that stood in front of the cabinet.
With the dedication the government applies to keeping its terrorist surveillance programs secure:
(according to the Washington Post)
Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales failed to keep classified documents in a secure location in his Alexandria home, claiming that he simply "couldn't remember the combination" on an in-home safe three years ago.
Instead, the documents, which contained "top secret" information about the now much-discussed warrantless wiretapping program and detainee interrogations, according to a report released yesterday, were placed in his briefcase or elsewhere in his home.
Or the doggedness of the British government in securing data concerning its prisons:
The company that lost a computer memory stick containing the personal details of thousands of criminals is to have its contract terminated.
The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, said PA Consulting would be axed from the £1.5m three-year deal.
It mislaid the names, addresses and expected release dates of 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales when the stick was left in an unlocked drawer in an unsecured office at its premises in Victoria, central London. Smith said the stick was probably stolen or lost…
The stick also contained the names, addresses and dates of birth of a further 30,000 people with six or more convictions in the last year, as well as the names and dates of birth of 10,000 criminals regarded as prolific offenders.
We should just outsource government data security to the Colonel. He's a military man, and he couldn't do worse than the current gangs in charge. Even Ronald McDonald would probably be an improvement.