Not Limited to Large
BY SHERYL JACKSON
SECOND QUARTER 2015
Over 56 million credit and debit card records were affected in the
2015 Home Depot data breach and more than 78 million records that included
social security numbers along with other personal and financial information were
compromised in the Anthem Health Insurance breach. While these incidents garnered
headlines throughout the country, the reality is that smaller, less publicized breaches
occur more often than most people realize.
In fact, a Southern California water and sewer department's dishonest employee
accessed information and stole the identities of two individuals; a laptop stolen from a
North Carolina water department contained names and social security numbers; and a
contractor working for a water and sewer commission in Massachusetts misplaced a
hard drive containing customer information, including credit card information.
The threat of data security breaches is also not limited to online data - just ask the
26 people in Connecticut whose names and social security numbers were found on
water department documents scattered by the Quinnipiac River.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015