I was on a conference call today with two programmers from a VERY large over night shipping company. They said in passing that recently someone at at their company “lost” a laptop that contained over 15,000 customer accounts, including names and account numbers! The person no longer works there, but this brings up two issues:
- Why do large corporations like this one allow employees to place this sensitive information on portable devices?
- How secure are these laptops if they are stolen or “found”? I’m sure any hacker could get into the system and recover the data.
I’m sure this is a much bigger problem than most of would like to admit. I Googled this to see if it was in the news… it was not.