IRS Hard Drive Scandal Highlights Government Weaknesses

Information security is all about accountability. Keeping track of secure data gives individuals, businesses, and the government a responsibility to protect. Recently the secure hard drive destruction process within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was compromised. The tables turned on the IRS, an organization that closely watches the U.S. revenue system, when all eyes needed to be on them. In …

Recent Data Breaches Prove Value of Secure Hard Drive Shredding

We too often hear stories of a laptop or hard drive finding their way into the wrong hands. Once these confidential information-bearing devices get swiped from a non-secure area, trouble immediately starts boiling. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical facilities are held responsible for information that passes through their offices on a daily basis. Non-medical related companies …

Omaha Bank Gets “Happy” In Dance Video

Omaha’s American National Bank branch got “Happy” in celebration of Mayor Jean Stother’s newly initiated “Day of Happiness.” Even DataShield made our way into the celebration (1:57). Watch Personal Banker Buddy Hogan play the part of Pharrell Williams in this vibrantly contagious music video: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSu6nP0fjHc&w=560&h=315]

Top 2013 Data Breaches We Are Still Dealing With In 2014

The New Year started out rough in the data security world. Companies that uncovered data infringements continue to suffer long-term consequences that are taking months, likely years, to fix. Repercussions of the massive Target data breach from the end of 2013 continue to escalate. As one of the largest data breaches in retail history, it’s no surprise that our list …

Resident Finds Confidential Documents in Apartment Dumpster

On March 12, residents of an Odessa, TX, apartment complex witnessed their worst fear: having their most private information exposed. Management of the apartment complex put their tenants at risk of identity theft by not taking secure measures to properly dispose of confidential documents. NewsWest 9 reported the following story: ODESSA, – A disturbing find in a dumpster at an …

Confidential Information Found On 30 Percent Of Recycled Computers

A recent study done in Australia by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) discovered 30 percent of recycled computers contain highly confidential personal information. NAID purchased 52 recycled computer hard drives from a variety of public-access purchasing sources, such as eBay. They then had a forensic investigator search for confidential information on the hard drives. 15 of the 52 …

5 Common Tax Scams That Lead To Identity Theft

It’s tax season, and for many people, that means a nice, big refund check. For others, it means getting scammed. In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) initiated 1,492 identity theft related criminal investigations, an increase of 66 percent from 2012. Tax identity theft occurs when identity thieves use a legitimate taxpayer’s identity to fraudulently file a tax return and …

Avoid Identity Fraud By Not Giving Out Too Much Information

These days, you can’t escape a retailer unscathed. Some places ask for your phone number at checkout, others want your email address. The really intrusive ones want your ZIP code. In all of these cases, a simple “no thanks” is necessary, or you could be a victim of identity fraud. According to the mobile marketing company LocalVox, 67 percent of …