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To Wake a Sleeping Data Giant...

Network World's Tim Greene reported that "about 2.1 million of the state's roughly 6.6 million residents had some form of personal data put at risk in 1,166 reported theft incidents, says Attorney General Martha Coakley, according to a report in the Boston Globe. She was citing numbers gathered from the start of 2010 through this August."

Network World's Tim Greene reported that "about 2.1 million of the state's roughly 6.6 million residents had some form of personal data put at risk in 1,166 reported theft incidents, says Attorney General Martha Coakley, according to a report in the Boston Globe. She was citing numbers gathered from the start of 2010 through this August." But that's not the most stunning part of the article. What should be getting companies thinking is this part: "The AG says a combination of hacking, errors by employees and a growing body of personal data that is stored electronically by businesses will put that data at more risk over time. 'This is going to be an increasing target,' she says." Stored "data at rest" is the key problem. It doesn't matter if it's data stolen by hackers or an employee leaving a laptop on a train. The issue is that "out of sight, out of mind" data is on the rise and companies need to take the proper steps to truly lock it down, eliminating the risk at-rest data poses to companies.