Thursday, December 15, 2005

Databreach wrapup - Nov 2005

According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, here are the publicly disclosed data breaches reported for the month of November 2005.

There were 10 incidents totalling over 2 million identities that were compromised. Lost or stolen laptops/computers accounted for 50% of the incidents and also 50 % of the compromised identities. Compromises of personal information involve data elements useful to identity thieves – such as social security numbers, bank accounts, and driver's license numbers.

It is only a matter of time before we can expect pervasive encryption on laptops and other mobile devices. The scary thing is that since mobile devices such as PDA's and smartphones are genrally under ownership and bought by private individuals, the loss or theft of these devices is probably grossly under-reported since most organsiations do not have visibility of this.

CATEGORIES : 1id theft, 1data breaches, 1stats, 1privacy, 1mobility, 1endpoint security, 1thefts, 1hack
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