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Stolen disc costs two jobs, plus a week of vacation

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An Ohio Office of Management and Budget intern was fired, and a manager has resigned after someone broke into the intern’s car and stole a computer disc containing sensitive state payroll and accounting information.

The intern, Justin Ilovar, said he was made a scapegoat. David White, who managed the project that generated the data, resigned after an inspector general’s report concluded staff took too long to alert officials of the theft.

A team leader who oversaw the project was docked a week's vacation for failing to move the sensitive data from a common computer drive to a secure directory. The leader understood the order but failed to relay it to his employees, a Department of Administrative Services investigation concluded.

Final note: Information is a valuable commodity, and the public is increasingly concerned about identity theft and the misuse of data. HR pros, take note: Personnel files are prime targets for criminals because they contain all the sensitive data a thief needs to steal identities—Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses.

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