HSBC branch server goes missing

Filed under Physical Security

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This is one of those security breaches that underlines the need for physical security if you are doing remodeling or construction where there is potentially sensitive customer data being held…like a bank! From the official bank disclosure:

“The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited confirms one of its computer servers went missing on 26 April 2008 at its Kwun Tong Branch, which has been undergoing renovation. The data held on the server includes account number, customer name, transaction amount and transaction type.”

Nice! This just adds to the list of breaches that HSBC has announced recently…not a good time to be an HSBC customer. Seriously though, all banks should look at the physical security around these renovations..most construction sites I have seen have no security at all. I hardly ever see even a security fence around these locations. Take a look next time you drive by a store or building that is under a remodel or construction. You might be surprised at the lack of physical security of these locations.

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