How bad is identity theft? If you go to PrivacyRights.org you'll see a running tally of total US identities stolen since 2005. The number is a staggering 97 million.
Many of the identity thefts involved stolen laptops. However, there are some zingers like a hospital database being hacked releasing more than 200,000 identities, credit card and billing information to criminals.
Part of the answer lies in setting and enforcing security polices relating to all identity information being encrypted, especially on laptops (refer to an earlier blog this week on the loss of identities by Scotland Yard).