Cybersecurity expert warns of risk with too many holding onto unnecessary client info

A Radio NZ article.

Many small to medium businesses hold too much information about things they do not need, says a cybersecurity expert.

It comes as the country comes underĀ increasing cyberattacks, with criminals looking to mine personal data.

Vertech IT Services managing director Daniel Watson said businesses holding onto old data that they did not need created unnecessary risk for the public.

“If the only reason why you’re retaining customer information is perhaps more marketing purposes later on, then do you still need to retain the additional information such as date of birth, drivers licence detail … other stuff that you might have collected and might have been necessary as part of the initial transaction,” Watson said.

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