Since 2005, the Privacy Rights Clearninghouse has been tracking data breaches. They announced that in the first half of 2011 22.4 million records were breached in 275 cases. This is only the breaches that were publicly disclosed. The true number must be much higher. The important thing to remember is that some breaches are very serious when it is the work of hackers looking to steal information and some can be just an old drive that did not turn up in the inventory and is most likely already destroyed. If you do get a notification take the time to learn the threat level.
2011 Data Breaches
About the Author: Steven Hastert
Steven is the President of Shred Nations. He oversees the day to day operations of the business. But his passion remains digital marketing. He spends most of his time making a seamless interface for people to protect their information. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. His business training comes from a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver. The career path for Steven began at US West, the incumbent phone provider, as a design engineer. He left for bigger challenges at Efficient Networks as a sales engineer. After the company was acquired by Siemens he focused on sales at Secondary Fiber. The pull of technology was too great so Steven joined DataGuard USA in 2004 to help them launch their internet initiatives. This has grown from one location in Denver into the nations first stop for shredding online. When not in the office you can find Steven coaching the soccer teams of his three children.