Data Loss Epidemic
As an IT security journalist, I'm amazed. As an ordinary consumer, I'm downright frightened.
In the last week alone, five major insurance and financial services companies have admitted to losing or exposing the personal information of their customers through lax or careless security behavior. Most of these losses occurred not through the ingenuity of attackers, but through the boneheaded behavior of corporate employees – and, in some cases, their IT departments.
We started off the week with the news that ING had lost the names, Social Security numbers, and other data of 13,000 District of Columbia employees when a laptop was stolen from an ING agent living in the D.C. area. (See DC Workers' Personal Data Stolen.) Dark Reading - Application and Perimeter Security - Data Loss Epidemic - Security
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