Oregon agency notifies customers regarding data security flaw

Oregon agency notifies customers regarding data security flaw

The Department of Consumer and Business Services in Salem, Oregon, recently announced that its system may have experienced a data security breach after a citizen informed the agency that personal information could be accessed through an unauthorized account.

The information that could be obtained from the third party includes Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers. According to the DCBS, the security flaw targets the system used to issue licenses to construction workers, plumbers and electricians.

Although the department indicated they could not determine where the security breach occurred, it is investigating and plans to alert its customers of the situation.

"Our trades and construction licensees are an important customer group in our agency, and we want to absolutely do everything we can to make sure they are protected and the experience with our agency is positive," said DCBS acting director Scott Harra.

Data security breaches remain a key issue for all types of organizations and in some cases, many companies fail to disclose these events for weeks, months or years. To combat this problem, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently released a set of guidelines to help companies to reveal their breaches.