Famous Data Security Breaches (and how they could’ve been avoided)

Most of us put our trust in the companies, both online and in person, that hold on to our secure information. Unfortunately computer hackers outmaneuver the security processes required by state and national laws and end up costing companies millions of dollars, but most importantly, confidential consumer information. The following famous data security breaches show vulnerabilities companies possess that allow …

EPA Releases Report on Electronic Recycling

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report on electronic waste and electronic recycling in the United States. Figures show that the United States has generated more than 3.4 million tons of electronic waste in 2011, an increase from 3.3 million tons in 2010. Electronic Recycling Report Almost 25%, or about 850,000 tons, made its way to electronic recycling …

Metro Area Burglary Reminds Us To Keep Personal Information Protected to Avoid Identity Theft

A recent burglary in the Omaha Metro area proves the importance of protecting personal information to avoid identity theft. A Sarpy County family is still recovering from a recent burglary where thieves broke in through a back door and took social security numbers and other personal information. It is important to keep personal information locked up, even when it is …

Mobile Paper Shredding or Plant Based Destruction? Which is Best for You?

Paper Shredding is essential if you run or own a company. All documents produced by a company from emails, financial statements, memos, and even notes contain classified information that must be withheld from competitors, the public, and even from your own personnel. When the time comes to discard this material, hopefully, your first choice is shredding it. But what type …

Is Document Destruction More Than Just Paper Shredding?

Last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade made headlines for using confidential police documents as confetti. The shredded documents were found on the street and contained identifiable information about Nassau County police officers. Initially, the concern was that a 3rd party paper shredding company had sold the paper shred to be used as confetti. It was later discovered that an employee …

Affinity to Pay $1.2 Million Dollars in Data Breach Case

A recent data breach of protected health information has resulted in a $1.2 million dollar fine. Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued the fine to Affinity Health Plan, Inc in the wake of the breach. Affinity Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New York metropolitan area. Affinity was notified of the breach …

The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier Part II

In a previous blog entitled, “The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier” we discussed the dangers of information stored on office copiers. Since 2002, digital copy machines have been equipped with hard drives that save and store all scanned, faxed, and copied documents. One organization recently discovered this the hard way. Affinity Health Plan, Inc., of New York was …

Electronic Recycling Events

There are many reasons why we should be recycling our old and broken electronics. With e-waste being the United States’ fastest growing waste stream and contributing to over 70% of the hazardous waste in our landfills, it is astonishing that electronics are still only recycled at a rate of approximately 12%. The issue seems to be not that people do …

The Most Overlooked Aspect of Data Security

It just might be one of the most exciting occurrences in the work place, the IT upgrade. Keeping up with technology is difficult, and the promise of enhanced productivity and ease of use is alluring. A rush to upgrade, however, could deliver a devastating blow to your company’s data security. Sensitive Information Protecting sensitive and confidential data is a monumental …