AT&T laptop theft exposes employee data
AT&T and Maryland's Department of the Environment have become the latest organizations to find out first hand why security analysts for some time now have advocated the use of encryption to protect sensitive data on laptops and other mobile devices.
A laptop containing unencrypted personal data on current and former employees of the AT&T was stolen recently from the car of an employee of a professional services firm doing work for the company. That theft prompted the company to notify an unspecified number of individuals about the potential compromise of their Social Security numbers, names and other personal details.
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