Where Has All Our Data Gone?

When there is a massive breach in security protecting personal data often times we hear about it for a week but then it's promptly forgotten. It's as if our brains can only retain the data for so long and then it's formatted.

Unless you are one of the thousands of people who's data was stolen, hacked, lost, etc.

A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch covered a loss of data at Chase when four laptops "disappeared" from a "secure" room. I don't understand why companies feel the need to store confidential personal information on mobile devices. With the state of computer networks, the data should reside on a server and the laptops configured to access the data but never store it. When it was discovered the laptops were missing, all Chase would have been out was the cost of the laptops.

In addition there is the problem of companies saving information on clients, customers, and employees that is not relevant and shouldn't be saved. TJX, the parent company of T.J. Maxx recently had data stolen. TJX believes their credit and debit ca rd transactions from January 2003 to June 2004 were compromised.

To make matters worse, this data was used recently to create dummy credit cards and then they purchased Wal-Mart and Sam's Club gift cards.

According to a report by the University of Washington, when analyzing the past 25 years, three out of five reported incidents of data breaches point to organizational malfeasance of some variety, including missing or stolen hardware, insider abuse or theft, administrative error, or accidentally exposing data online.

Businesses and Corporations need to get a handle on how they handle information. If they don't they may find that customers won't use them for fear of where all their data is going.

Here Endeth the Lesson