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It seems to be very common nowadays that various companies, universities, and governmental organizations collect personal information, with or without the individual's consent, and leave it lying around for the wrong people to get their hands on. This information includes a person's name, address, telephone number, occupation, and may include valuable information like his credit card number, account number, and salary, which can prove to be extremely dangerous, if fallen into some wrong hands.
Although the number of incidents regarding personal data loss would normally be expected to decrease due to the huge amounts of both financial and social losses incurred, it is still on the rise. According to Mary Monahan, a senior analyst at Javelin Strategy & Research, a Pleasanton research organization, 312 security breaches occurred in 2006 in the United States, giving away 20 million records, while in 2007, 446 security breaches occurred resulting in the exposure of 128 million records. Just last month, a laptop containing the personal information regarding the 51,000 present and former employees of Agilent Technologies of Santa Clara, was stolen from a car of Stock & Options Solutions of San Jose. The latter organization has since then raised its security level. (Javelin, 2008)
Even though the number of security breaches grew by more than a hundred in the United States from 2006 to 2007, ironically, there was a slight decrease in the losses incurred due to these infiltrations. ...
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