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The data, now outside the physical confines of locked doors and internal networks, was at risk. The exposure of trade secrets and intellectual property most certainly posed a risk to competitive advantage. But there was an even bigger problem. The possible exposure of consumer personal and financial data got the attention of federal regulators, state government, consumer advocacy groups and the press. The theft of a Veterans Administration PC containing the personal information of over 28 million US Veterans in May of 2006 was viewed by many as the final straw - a sobering realization that enterprises, both private and public, must protect PC data.
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