Data Storage Risks, and How To Prevent a Data Breach

The Student Loan Data Breach

studentloanA topic I find particularly interesting is the student loan data breach of 2012. The incident involves a dataset containing personal information of 583,000 Canada student loan borrowers, stored on an external hard drive. The dataset was not encrypted and the hard drive was stored in an unlocked filing cabinet. The hard drive was reported missing in 2012, this kicked off a series of events including a public statement concerning the breach, an RCMP investigation, and a class action lawsuit against the government. (more…)

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