Securing Personally Identifiable Information

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Executive Summary

Sensitive information - such as credit card numbers and social security numbers combined with a person's first and last name, (a.k.a., Personally Identifiable Information, or PII) - is everywhere. Employees have easy access to this data as part of their job responsibilities. Files are copied to laptop hard drives and mobile devices. PII data is cut-and-pasted in e-mails. The list goes on and on. Yes, access to this data enables collaboration and makes the business more productive, but it also places PII in constant danger of a data breach. Federal government departments, state offices, and industry organizations have enacted tough legislation to force organizations to safeguard PII, but publicly-disclosed data breaches still occur on a daily basis.

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