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Acting quickly following a data breach can help you regain your security, preserve evidence and protect your brand.
In 2010, for the 11th year in a row, the overwhelming top consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission was identity theft, representing 19% of 1,339,265 total complaints. With so much of their personal identifiable information (PII) stored in the databases of businesses, healthcare organizations and other institutions, consumers rely on merchants to safeguard their data. But the recently alarming headlines of high-profile data breaches plaguing even the biggest corporate giants have shaken consumers’ faith in the ability of public and private organizations to shield them from identity theft.
For owners of businesses and organizations that handle sensitive customer data – including names, addresses, and phone numbers; bank and credit card account numbers; income and credit histories; and Social Security numbers – sophisticated cyber-attacks that target this information are challenging hazards which require constantly evolving defense measures. But even basic steps that can go a long way towards protecting customers from identity theft are often not taken by small and large organizations alike.
The FTC advises organizations that handle PII to adhere to the following, easily controllable measures:
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