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MTV Network identity theft incident sends clear database encryption message.

CyberArk Software : 10 March, 2008  (Company News)
Cyber-Ark's European director Calum Macleod has pointed out that the recent identity theft incident suffered by staff of MTV Networks could have been avoided had the company used database encryption on its personnel files.
The identity theft incident involved details of around 5,000 of MTV Networks' staff being stolen. The TV station's parent company, Viacom, has revealed that the staff's names, dates of birth, social security numbers and even their salaries had been compromised.

'Precise details of how the data was accessed have yet to be revealed, or whether the illegal access occurred as the result of an internal or external intrusion,' said Macleod. He added that, despite this, the clear message to other organizations worried about letting staff down in this way is to always encrypt the human resources information files.

'Using a data vault approach to HR files is a given in the modern world of employment, as companies owe a clear duty of care to their staff which, if they fail to meet, renders them liable to litigation, both by the relevant authorities and the staff themselves,' said Macleod. 'Perhaps worse there is the potential damage to a company's reputation when something like this happens. The depth of the fallout will become clear as further details of the apparent IT security faux pas are revealed in due course."
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