How secure is your data?

Posted: April 10, 2013

Are you concerned about your data? Do you wonder whether or not your IT department is up to date on network security?

You are a very wise to be concerned about your data.  According to "The Identity Theft Resource Center, which tracks disclosed data breaches, has recorded 131 for the first three months of 2013, with 874,667 personal records related to medical, Social Security numbers, payment card and other information exposed." 

Here are several examples of security breaches in 2013:

"Cbr Systems, a blood-bank operator in California that stores what’s known as cord blood from newborn infants for healthcare purposes, settled Federal Trade Commission charges that inadequate security practices contributed to a breach in 2010 related to stolen equipment that exposed Social Security numbers and payment-card information on about 300,000 individuals."

"In February, Twitter’s director of information security Bob Lord, said in a blog item that Twitter had detected "unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data" and "one live attack" that Twitter shut down, leading Twitter to suspect "extremely sophisticated" attackers may have access to usernames, e-mail addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords for 250,000 users. Twitter, as a precautionary measure, reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts."

"Central Hudson Gas & Electric in New York determined about 110,000 customers may have been impacted by a cyber-security attack, and is working with law enforcement to try and find out if customer personal and financial information was stolen."

"The Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina disclosed that Computer Sciences Corp., the contractor on its Medicaid billing system, had lost a thumb drive containing information on 50,000 Medicaid providers nationwide." 

If you would like to assess your IT security please contact iNSOL to speak with one of our experts,  iNSOL provides a number of managed IT services to assist you with everything IT.