Cyberthreats lurk: Protect your employees’ PII

March 2, 2015

Valeria BarnhartWestlaw Journals Commentary thumb and Emily Thomas of Kelley Kronenberg PA say that as small and large data breaches are occurring at an alarming pace, there are ways to keep employees’ PII — “personally identifiable information” — secure.

The news accounts focus mostly on payment card information, but almost half the compromises in 2013 involved other data.  And if PII is allowed to leak, lawsuits often follow.

PII includes Social Security numbers, driver’s license or identification numbers, and financial account or credit card numbers.

Because the days of antivirus software and firewalls making up a technical defense system are long over, the authors say, employers need more stringent policies and mechanisms to minimize the risk of a data breach.

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Valerie Barnhart is a partner with the national, full-service law firm Kelley Kronenberg PA.  She represents businesses in data privacy and security matters, business transactions, and business litigation.  She can be reached at   Emily Thomas is an attorney with Kelley Kronenberg.  She focuses her practice on business transactions and all aspects of business and commercial litigation from trial to the appellate level.  She can be reached at