By Chris Crouse, CIO
It seems that over the last couple of years more than ever, events of “Hacking” and “Identity Theft” are daily breaking news stories. We can almost count on tomorrow’s headline: “ABCXYZ (Big Company Name Here) Hacked, Sensitive Customer Data Stolen!”
Take your pick… Blue Cross, Chick-fil-A, Sony, US Postal Service, MCX, Staples, Kmart, Dairy Queen, Home Depot, PF Changs, eBay and Target to name just a few in the past 2-3 years. Not to mention one of the most recent and discernibly largest occurrences in sheer volume and sensitivity of information stolen is the hacking of the Office of Personal Management (OPM) affecting some 21.5 million people.
OPM has acknowledged that the data compromised was sensitive personal information including Social Security numbers and other information collected for background checks, not limited to historical addresses and detailed medical, mental and credit history. While we might start to become numb to occurrences of this type of theft, do not underestimate the powerful impact and potential damage these compromises can cause, such as credit fraud, tax fraud and even extortion.
It can be difficult and seemingly near impossible to protect ourselves when our private information is in the hands of another entity or multiple entities. However, we can actually do a great deal to make a difference.
Mike Ziman, CEO