Survey Data Shows Data Breaches Are on the Rise
July 2, 2008
A new study just released by The Identity Theft Resource Center shows that data breaches are up 69% so far this year compared with the same time frame in 2007. Nearly a third of the 342 reported breaches are attributed to businesses. Breaches are also on the rise in banks and by health-care providers.
While it is important to understand that this increase could be attributed largely to the fact that these breaches are being self-reported, the importance of protecting personal data of your applicants and employees cannot be underscored. Some advice as it relates to background checks: make sure that your results are only seen by those who need to know and that the information is stored in secured files if printed out.
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