Category Archives: Data Breach

Poll Reveals 30 Percent Of Customers Fear Stolen Personal Information

Data breaches occur every day. You hear about them in your local community, national businesses and places you may frequent online. In a recent Gallup poll of 1,000 individuals only 21% indicated they have “a lot of trust” in the businesses that handle their personal information. Some 47% reported having “some trust.” The remainder of the group, roughly 30% said they have “little or no trust” in companies to keep their personal information secure.

This lack of confidence is not particularly new and unfortunately it’s not getting any better. Year over year it tends to increase slightly as the incidence of data hacking, dumpster diving and mishandled records make the news. In 2013 Target revealed that millions of people were affected by a massive data breach. This stolen personal information caused no end of concern among Target’s customers. Studies show that more than 20% of Target shoppers shop there less and some customers have decided to forgo their Target trips altogether by avoiding the retailer entirely. This outcome is not good for the business or the consumer. Risk is inherent in the world we live in. There may be no way to remove it entirely but we can protect ourselves by being vigilant with sensitive documents, passwords and the information we put on the web.

DataShield helps reduce the risk of your personal information being stolen. Paper shredding, hard drive, phone and tablet destruction are just some of the steps you can proactively take to keep confidential information confidential. For more information or to get pricing call 402-898-5000.

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Target, a popular retail store, has seen a drop in sales since their 2013 data breach. 22 percent of Target shoppers now shop at Target less.

*information obtained from Gallup and USA Today

What’s Your Personal Data Worth on the Dark Web?

Recent data breaches involving health insurance giant Anthem Inc. and Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of of general acute care hospitals that operates in 29 states, has patients on high alert their personal information may be compromised. So just what is the cost for thieves to obtain your personal data including banking information, personal healthContinue Reading

Denver Pharmacy PHI Dump Results in $125,000 Fine

Think your small businesses is immune to a HIPAA fine? Think again. A sall Denver pharmacy just got a large dose of reality—in the form of a $125,000 fine for throwing paper patient records in the dumpster. Officials learned of the data breach through a local news outlet regarding the disposal of unshredded documents containingContinue Reading

3 Steps to Safe Guard Office Copier from Data Breach

3 Steps to Safe Guard Office Copier from Data Breach

Multi-function copy machines are essential to the success of any business—from making copies to scanning documents and even sending emails. But small business owners beware: office copy machines can also pose a security threat to staff or clients. “Sixty to 70 percent of leased digital copiers are remarketed,” Carmen Pitarra said. “In today’s data-driven world,Continue Reading

4 Steps to Protect Customer Information

More fallout for the country’s second-largest health insurer, Anthem, after the company announced a massive data breach in early February potentially affecting 80 million of its customers. In Nebraska alone, more than 100,000 affected residents are being notified of the breach via mail. Experts now say the cyber-attack could be far worse than previous breachesContinue Reading

5 Ways Companies Can Avoid a Data Breach in 2015

A recent data breach at a Park ’N Fly in Oregon has the U.S. Secret Service called in to investigate. This could have a broad impact on consumers flying into and out of the state for years to come. Data breaches like these are becoming all too common and costly. In fact, in 2014, theContinue Reading

Documents In Dumpster Prompt Actions To Avoid Medical Data Breaches

The story is so often told. Small businesses think, “This will never happen to us. It’s the big corporations that experience medical data breaches, not the small neighborhood offices.” But then it does. And it’s devastating. Since 2009, over 29 million patient health records have been compromised in HIPAA data breaches. That number increased by 138 percent fromContinue Reading

Information Protection Spending Increasing Rapidly

These days, it’s tough to not be a part of a data breach. If billion dollar companies, like Target and eBay, can’t even protect themselves from security break-ins, how are small businesses expected to protect themselves? The answer is becoming clear – increase spending on information protection. Information security is now a necessity for businessesContinue Reading

Data Breach Exposes A Billion Records In Largest Online Hack

After a recent data breach by a Russian crime ring, no one is safe online. The crime ring accumulated the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials. A security firm out of Milwaukee uncovered the hacking of 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. The hackers got a holdContinue Reading

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’sContinue Reading