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The federal government is urging agencies to implement updated data breach response plans in reaction to a 27 percent increase (between 2013 and 2015) in the number of incidents in which the security of personally identifiable information (PII) has been jeopardized. PII is information used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, i.e., Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, etc. Malicious hackers then use this information to execute identity theft, seek employment, obtain prescription drugs, claim benefits, etc.

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