To Brandon Bailey AP Technical Writer
The easiest way to get people to go against their own interest is to threaten a lack of protection. Except the FBI is telling people to give up protection or they cannot protect you. Data is valuable and protecting it in digital form is no different than a paper document that’s locked away in a vault. Law enforcement has it’s own responsibility and the rest of the world has theirs. Refusing to mitigate our company’s damages just in case the FBI wants access is not even logical and should be considered at the very least irresponsible. “The average amount of fraud linked to a stolen social security number is $2,330 and the average for a credit card is $1,250,” according to estimates from the attorney general California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Cyber criminals will break the law to get to your data, and if they get it they can crush the business. Harris is recommending additional changes, including legislation that sets stricter notification requirements and provides financial aid to help small businesses adopt data safeguards. She also urges companies to use stronger encryption and other protective methods.