Periodically, a story appears in the press about a company experiencing a serious data leak, either due to a technical snafu or a “hack attack”. Whenever we read a story like this, we shake our head and breathe a huge sigh of relief that our company and/or our identities weren’t affected.
In these increasingly “techno-centric” times, this type of thing is happening more frequently. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2012 more than 16 million Americans were victims of identity theft. And in the two years since, there have been several high-profile data breaches (i.e. Sony and Target) that have caused people from Denver to Denmark to pay more attention to how their personal information is gathered, handled and stored.