Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Digia USA recently began notifying an undisclosed number of employees that their personal information may have been exposed when a laptop owned by Murdock Martell with access to Digia USA personnel data was stolen on January 25, 2014.
While the stolen laptop was successfully recovered by law enforcement on February 4, 2014, the laptop could have been leveraged to enable access to cloud storage or files containing employee names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, health insurance information, beneficiaries or dependants data, and/or banking information.
In response to the breach, Murdock Martell senior financial consultant Claire Martell wrote in the notification letter [PDF], "[W]e are implementing additional security measures designed to prevent recurrence of such potential security breach, and to protect the company's employees, including: implementing additional control policies and safeguards, installing remotely activated 'kill switch' capabilities on other relevant laptops, notifying the major credit reporting agency Experian, and providing credit monitoring services for one year to individuals whose data has been potentially compromised."
All those affected are being offered a free one-year membership in Experian's ProtectMyID Elite service.