The Importance of Data Security

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Executive Summary

The recent TJX data breach serves as an important reminder of how critical strong information security is within an organization. In late January, TJX Companies officials disclosed that an attacker exploited a flaw in a portion of TJX's computer network that handles customer credit card, debit card, check and merchandise return transactions. By March, they disclosed to the SEC that 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen over an 18-month period. In response to highly publicized data breaches such as this and others where laptops or backup tapes were stolen or misplaced, organizations are taking a much closer look at data protection.

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