By Tim Wilson
July 14, 2010
Online attacks might be getting more sophisticated every day, but two
incidents last week are reminding the industry that the loss of physical
storage media is still among the most common causes of data breaches.
AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, is in the process of
notifying some 79,000 current and former employees of the loss of a hard
drive containing microfiche records dating from 1960 to 1995. Some of
the records included bank information.
And on July 6, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
reported to federal authorities that a missing compact disc (CD)
delivered to the department may not have been encrypted by the sender,
Care 1st Health Plan. The CD contains personal information, including
names and addresses, for 29,808 Care 1st members.
Recent studies indicate that the theft of physical media remains one of
the most common causes of data breaches. Both AMR and the California
DHCS have discovered that the hard way.
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