Not a week goes by without news of another high-profile cyber attack ? Target, Sony, JPMorgan Chase, just to name a few. Not even the federal government is immune. Just this week, the U.S. government announced that hackers had accessed the personal data of more than 4 million current and former federal employees. And earlier this week the Internal Revenue Service announced that individuals used stolen data to gain access to the tax returns of more than 100,000 people through an application on the agency's own website.
It's clear that information theft is a constant threat that impacts companies on a daily basis. For every big, public incident, there are scores more that go unreported. Cyber crime is a broader problem that's not confined to tech companies and large corporations. The risks are very real for all companies.
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