Last week Equifax announced one of the largest and most impactful data breaches to date.

Sure, we have had larger data troves of information hacked – Yahoo with 1 billion accounts, Target with over 70 million cards/persons impacted, and the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) with 21 million persons’ personal information, including SSNs, impacted, with the OMB hack being especially disastrous for those of us who have served in intelligence functions or other sensitive posts. However, in terms of risk, a successful hack of one of the three main credit reporting bureaus is about as bad as it gets.

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