Lost Social Security Numbers a Harsh Reminder of the Importance of Endpoint Data Protection
Names and Social Security numbers of 1,200 individuals seeking Job and Family Sevice assistance lost
The recent loss of a USB thumb drive which resulted in the 1,200 social security numbers of people seeking assistance from the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services going missing has once again brought to light the importance of effective business data protection.
The drive contained the names and social security numbers of people who were serviced at the Transition Center between 2005 and 2010.The incident prompted an internal review of the way the department handles and stores sensitive information, including additional training for employees.
The question remains- why are companies slow on ensuring that their business data is effectively protected? Especially individual’s data that requires protection under Corporate Governance compliance regulations?
The business challenge of protecting user data