Jim Kelton, Managing Principal of Altius IT, was quoted in the July 2014 issue of Mini-Storage Messenger magazine’s article entitled Under Lock and Keyboard – Safeguarding Customer Data.
In the article Mr. Kelton stated, “I think the first step should be a risk assessment. A risk assessment requires business owners to identify their important assets, threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts.”
Kelton used a laptop as an example of an asset in a theoretical risk assessment. The threat, that it is portable along with the vulnerability that it can be stolen and taken to a second location. Depending upon what is stored on the laptop, the impact of the compromise could be widespread with the potential for a breach of customer or financial data stored on the device. Such a situation could trigger the need to notify customers of the compromised data which often leads to loss of trust and goodwill.
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