Data Breaches in US Increase
The Identity Theft Resource Center, a San Diego-based non-profit group that monitors identity theft, reported 656 data breaches in 2008. This is an increase of 47 percent since the 2007 statistics reported 446 data breaches. The resource center also stated not all of the data breaches for 2008 were reported. This makes it difficult to determine all of the additional thousands or millions of personal data breaches for the year.
A data breach takes place when personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank accounts or credit card information is accessed by someone who does not have clearance as is the case with paper thefts or computer hacking.
The Identity Theft Resource Center report stated 82 percent of the breaches were computer hacking and 18 percent were due to paper theft. Mason Finks, the Fraud Protection Coordinator for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Aurora, Colorado, stated the big problem has been paper identity theft because of how easy it is for a criminal to access paper files at the local level.
A data breach is a data breach whether or not a business is victim to computer hacking or paper theft. Once again, business must be compliant with the laws regarding personal data protection. Contracting secure information destruction vendors will allow for a decrease in legal repercussions and data breaches to non-compliant businesses…Read the full article