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Data Breach Impacts Local Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors

Banks, large retailers and the federal government aren’t the only ones subject to hackers and the effects of a data breach. The Associated Press reported last month that confidential addresses of over 3,500 local Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff’s office officials, federal judges and prosecutors were breached and posted online. A spokesman for the Palm Beach County Attorney’s office indicated the breach is a violation of federal law. The matter is being investigated.

Data Breaches Affect Everyone

Strong digital access and data security isn’t something only big banks and retailers have to address.  Incidents like this, and the frequently reported cases of ransomed municipal data and systems, are alarming. Late last year I commented via LinkedIn on the ransom paid by the village of Ilion in central New York. Malware was planted within the village’s computer system, allowing the hackers to freeze access to their payroll and accounting systems. The village was held hostage twice, and paid twice to regain access to their systems. The New York State comptroller’s office said, “the experience of Ilion should serve as a warning to others municipalities of the growing cyber threat.”

The really troubling thing here is that there are solutions to address digital access and data security that don’t require expensive and drawn-out implementations or infrastructure replacement.  And passwords don’t have to be the weak link… Learn more

As marketing lead for Crossmatch, John is actively involved in championing identity management and biometrics technology solutions. His involvement and fascination with leveraging technology to address unique business challenges began earlier in his career, as Product Manager for GE’s Imagination Breakthrough innovation, VeriWise, a satellite-based asset intelligence and tracking solution for the transportation industry. He later went on to run sales and marketing for Vectronix, Inc., a subsidiary of a Switzerland-based producer of electro-optic and north-finding devices for military and law enforcement applications. John currently serves on the Board of the International Biometrics & Identity Association (IBIA).

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