Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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104 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Whether it's financial information from customers or the social security numbers of employees, valuable data is being stored all the time. Not only does it paint a target on a business' computer system, but in many cases it makes fleets liable for breaches of that data. One of the best ways to reduce your risk is to understand just how much information a company has. "How many records do you hold?" asked Zinter during the we- binar. "Sometimes the numbers are hard to figure out, but it's a good companies. Kevin Zinter, senior vice president of the insurance company AmWins, pointed out the growing amount of information a company stores and who has access to it. "With trucking firms and trans- portation firms there's a lot of em- ployment information on their own employees, prospective hires, vendors, customers," said Zinter. "There's health information, financial, identity — but beyond your four walls, it's the sharing of that confidential informa- tion and what they're doing with it." T he future can be a wonder- ful thing — and it's here. The smartphone in your pocket has more computer power than all of NASA in 1969. The amount of real-time data you can access about your trucks, drivers and customers is mind-boggling. Unfortunately, with that common- ality and integration comes a com- mon threat. HNI, a risk management company, recently held an online seminar focus- ing on cyber risks to transportation Tech Bytes Is your data safe? Steven Martinez • Web Editor Technology comes with many benefits, as well as some vulnerabilities. PHOTO: ©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/MAXKABAKOV

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