In today’s world, information security has become more than just a box for businesses to check off. As news reports about hacker breaches become even more widespread, businesses find that their clients are increasingly demanding a high level of assurance in their data’s security. In 2011, Consumer Reports estimated that U.S. businesses spent more than $130 billion on computer security that year alone; today, they spend more. Businesses are also driven to become top players in security due to the cost of being breached: when accounting for detection, response, enhancements, and lost business, an average company can expect to lose $7.2 million due to a single breach. To read read more download our new white paper.
In the first six months of 2014, there have been 404 reported data security breaches causing more than 11 million personal records to be exposed by organizations. This is a 20 percent increase over the same time period in 2013! Are you at risk? Take a moment to answer these questions:
- Do you carry your Social Security card I your wallet or purse?
- Do you have your Social Security Number printed on your personal checks?
- Do you ever leave mail for pickup in an unlocked location at home or at work?
- Do you own a cross-cut shredder and use it regularly?
- Have you ordered a copy of your free annual credit report during the last year?
The correct answers to these questions are “yes” for numbers 1–3 and “no” for 4 and 5. If you didn’t score 100 percent, we recommend you take a look at our new white paper, Protecting Your Personal Identity in a Digital World.