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Identity Theft Expert Speaker; VA agrees to pay $20 million to veterans in 2006 data breach

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Identity Theft Expert Speaker; Robert Siciliano www.IDTheftSecurity.com VA agrees to pay $20 million to veterans in 2006 data breach

Government is paying up regarding a stolen laptop from 2 years ago. A laptop computer was stolen from the home of a Veterans Administration employee and had 26.5 million names addresses and social security numbers of veterans and their families. Thats almost 10% of the population on one $1000.00 computer with a 30 gb hard drive.

The laptop was later recovered, however the damage was done.

The cost of the theft is much more than $20 million. Do the math. For this breach its less than a buck per name lost, not taking into account all the money spent investigating the loss.

As laptops get faster smaller and cheaper this will continue to happen. Why? Because those who are responsible for the devices do not follow whatever policies may or may not be in place to secure them and/or encrypt the data on them.

And for 10 bucks a month any entity can at least install laptop tracking and recovery software such as www.MyLaptopGPS.com

Below is a youtube vid of an appearance on the Today Show where another major corporation was lax in their security and compromised a couple hundred thousand records.

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ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.

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