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Posted Apr 3rd, 2012

IBM and Iron Mountain Lose Several Storage Devices in Transport

Last month we gave you some insight on the dangers of transporting data storage devices before they are destroyed. We cited that major security threats associated with the transit process involved devices getting lost, stolen, or going missing.

In recent news,  service providers to California’s Office of Technology Services (OTech), IBM and Iron Mountain, reported that they were unable to locate several storage devices containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, names of health insurance providers, and employers of 800,000  California residents and customers of Department of Child Support Services. As a result, authorities have begun notifying customers of the security breach. Those affected by the breach have been urged to place a fraud alert on their credit cards, retrieve copies of credit reports, and review any explanation of benefits statements they receive from health insurers. Click here to read the full article.

Please take a moment to review our previous blog post to ensure you are taking the right steps to protect sensitive data devices:

Myth: Transporting Retired Data Storage Devices to Manufacturers is 100% Safe

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