In a year punctuated by high-profile, costlyinformation-security breaches, at least one headline served as areminder that people — not machines, software,programming or algorithms — are often the weakest linkwhen it comes to cybersecurity.

Two months ago, news outlets in Colorado reported that a localchiropractor's discarded patient files showed up in an unsecuredalley dumpster. The paper records included individuals' names,addresses, Social Security numbers, insurance information andhealth history.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].