How pervasive are security breaches within the insurance and financial services sector? A perusal of publicly reported breaches that occurred over the past few months at the PrivacyRights.org timeline provides a good picture of all the things that can go wrong when data is not carefully shielded against abuse—particularly insider abuse.

Midwest insurance company: “An employee was caught misusing customer information on July 28. The dishonest employee had been improperly using customer names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and credit card numbers for at least two months. An unspecified number of customers had fraudulent online purchases made in their names.”

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