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There's been a lot in the news about Equifax Breach. The purpose of this  blog to explain

  1. This breach included personal and private information (Name, Address, Social Security Number, in some cases Driver's License Number and email address), which is now at risk, without you providing it.

  2. This breach contains information that is prized by criminal operatives.

  3. There is almost no limit to the amount of damage that can be done to your personal finances with this information.

Joel Winston, a former deputy attorney general for New Jersey, whose current law practice focuses on consumer rights litigation, information privacy, and data protection law. Stated in a CNN news story1

"This incident drives home the point that everyone has to become the chief privacy officer of their own lives and of their children, too,"

If you are the owner or manager of a small/ medium business you to must be your own chief privacy officer. The threats are real and hiding or ignoring them will not make them go away. Things will not be better after a breach, it is not easier to fix a breach a then it is to prevent one.

Many states and the federal government require this if you collect or store personal information you must make an effort to protect it. Most breaches are very preventable;  that is why the penalties are so severe.

The situation may seem overwhelming but there are some straightforward things that anyone can do to protect themselves from a breach. These items are a great place to begin becoming your own chief privacy officer:

  1. Make sure everyone in your organization uses strong passwords

  2. Users should use a non-authoritative login

  3. Do not use default passwords on any device

  4. Encrypt all hard drives and flash drives

  5. Train your organization on proper e-mail and social media usage

If you would like some assistance with safety, security or compliance Network Solutions and Consulting Services is always ready to help. 951-732-7401

1 “6 Equifax hack rumors fact-checked”,by Anna Bahney   @annabahney September 11, 2017: 5:55 PMET -http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/11/pf/equifaxmyths/index.html​