It’s not as hard as you might think

I was reading an article from ITWorld this week that touched on the recent data breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue. While I find this type of thing fascinating, I also find it scary when someone says something like this:

“The industry standard is that most SSNs are not encrypted… A lot of banks don’t encrypt, a lot of those agencies that you think might encrypt Social Security Numbers actually don’t, because it is very complicated. It is cumbersome and there’s a lot of numbers involved with it.” – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley