Information Security - AGAIN
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The latest security lapse where the HMRC ( Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
Service) has 'lost' a CD containing names, addresses , NI numbers, dates of
birth etc of up to 15,000 Standard Life customers has provided a new round of
concerns about security of data. Apparently the disk, containing very useful
information to identity thieves went missing while being transported from HMRC
TO Standard Life Offices in Newcastle. Standard Life Customers have been warned
to look out for any unusual activity in their financial accounts.
As we approach the season of goodwill it makes even more sense to guard
against identity fraud and unauthorised transactions in credit cards and other
banking areas. Copied or cloned credit cards, people watching as you enter pin
numbers into 'Hole in the Wall cash machines' or just simple pickpockets taking
a wallet or purse are just some of the ways that we can be relieved of our hard
- Don't discard paper that has any personal or company details in the
rubbish - shred all identifiable paper.
- Destroy all expired or replaced credit and debit cards. Cut into many
pieces or put into a shredder (if it had the ability to shred credit cards)
- Don't respond to emails asking for user names and passwords - Banks never
ask for this type of information in email.
Make the run up to the festive season a poor one for thieves.
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited an
established independent management consultancy specializing in
Information Security Management accreditation.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-01-07 12:50:10 in Business Articles