November 29, 2006

National Computer Security Day November 30; Sponsor AuthenTec Available to Discuss Trends, Issues and Solutions

In observance of National Computer Security Day (NCSD) November 30th, experts from NCSD sponsor AuthenTec will be available to comment on the latest security issues, trends, surveys, and available solutions.

Recent statistics show that both computer theft and security concerns by U.S. residents continue to rise -- despite the myriad solutions available. Some statistics include;

Laptop computer thefts have risen 25%, with an estimated 750,000 laptops stolen last year (2005), up from 600,000 in 2003.

91 million records containing personal information have been involved in security breaches including lost backup tapes, stolen laptops and attacks by computer hackers since 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

A majority of U.S. residents have not implemented safeguards to protect their identities because of confusion about the cost, time involved, and available solutions, a recent survey found.

Stolen passwords and lost laptops are among the top concerns among PC users, according to another survey. Although many PC users feel that today's computers are more secure than they were five years ago, most think there are still significant risks to their devices and the important information they contain.

About National Computer Security Day

National Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. The goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information. This annual event is held around the world on November 30th. In addition to AuthenTec, sponsors include the Association for Computing Machinery; Information Systems Audit and Control Association; Security Awareness Incorporated; and Symantec Corporation. The Computer Security Day web site is

About AuthenTec

With more than 10 million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in fingerprint sensor security, innovation and sales to the PC, wireless, and access control markets. The company's sensors are used in more than 150 different devices worldwide, including 8 of the top 10 PCs, 95 percent of all biometric cell phones, and thousands of airports, government buildings, businesses and homes. AuthenTec promotes computer security through its participation in a variety of activities and organizations. The company regularly sponsors user surveys, hosts education events and participates in conferences and web casts, among other activities. AuthenTec is active with the Trusted Computing Group, International Biometrics Industry Association, Consumer Electronics Association, and other organizations focused on computer security issues, in addition to National Computer Security Day. Visit

Editors Note

Media interested in an interview or obtaining statistics, surveys, graphics or other National Computer Security Day materials can contact Nicole Loring at [email protected] or 617.834.2190