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Chapter 17. Data Security > Information = Profit

Information = Profit

Information about your company is valuable—not only to your company but also to unscrupulous people outside your company. Such information includes confidential records such as bank transactions or corporate credit card numbers. It also includes paper or computer files about customers, new products, sales strategies, and so on. Consider how damaging it would be to your company if such records were lost or destroyed or if they were stolen by a competitor. That's why data security is critical to protect computer information from theft, misuse, and disaster.

The misuse of computer information ranges from unauthorized use of computer time to criminal acts like sabotage. It all falls under one general category many people call "computer crime." Surveys show that over half of the government departments and industrial organizations in the United States have experienced some form of computer crime. Because of this growing epidemic, it's important that you understand the different types of computer crime in order to protect yourself and your company's information.


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