In April 2009, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services made headlines news when an employee’s laptop was stolen. The laptop stored the social security numbers of about one million Oklahoma residents who were receiving government assistance. Their names, dates of birth, and home addresses were also saved to this laptop. The personal information was unencrypted. In other words, anyone could retrieve the data directly from the laptop.
This year in January, the Plainfield, New Jersey, school district’s computer network system was hacked. The hackers did no damage to the database, but they did post on the message boards, stating that the cost of school lunches changed to 9,000 dollars and students only needed one credit to be eligible for graduation.
These are only two of many news stories that have covered incidents in which company computer databases have been hacked. Some of these incidents were more damaging than others, but regardless, they are all illegal and in some ways preventable. When hackers invade computer network databases, they sometimes purposely damage entire servers. They steal personal information like social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other information that could be used for their financial benefit. Sometimes hackers breach security without stealing any information or people’s identities; their motives are sometimes unknown. In some cases, former employees breach security and ruin important records as a way of retaliation against the company that fired them.
Government agencies, worldwide companies, and even small businesses use different kinds of security measures, especially with their computer network databases. Although some are more intricate than others, no such security system has a 100-percent chance of preventing breaches. However, there are ways to ensure that the risk of a security breach on a computer network database is slim. You might be part of a global entity, a regional business, or a local company. No matter what, though, you should do all that you can to protect any employee or consumer data that might be stored on your computer network database.
If your business requires employees to have HID access cards, you should periodically run tests to find out if they are correctly encoded. This way, you would know if people have been accidentally given access to restricted records that are kept on computer network databases. Also, it could also help you find out if anyone has purposely encoded their own HID access cards to gain access to records in an illegal way. This could prevent criminal mischief, and it could also help your business terminate anyone who is attempting to do any illegal acts against the company or specific employees.
To further protect any vital personal information of your employees and any consumers, you should consider doing all HID access printing production in-house rather than hiring a printing company. By doing this, you prevent outside people from making their own HID cards to illegally gain access to your company’s computer network databases, or the company’s actual business building. There are many trusted brands, such as the Zebra printer, that could be purchased for the use in any kind of business. The Zebra printer and other printer brands could also have a pass code, which ensures that only certain employees are able to use the printer and produce HID or any other form of employee ID cards.