Sterne, Agee & Leach - 26/06/2014

Sterne, Agee & Leach has contacted customers regarding a data security incident that occured between May 29th and 30th, 2014. An employee of the brokerage firm was unable to locate their firm-issued laptop, which was password protected, but the data stored locally on the laptop was not encrypted. The data stored on the laptop included "account information utilized for mailing to certain Private Client Group customers whose accounts were opened between July1, 1992 and June 30, 2013".The information may have included names, addresses, account numbers and Social Security numbers. The information did not include dates of birth, account holdings, account passwords or access codes.The firm is offering a free one year membership to Experian's ProtectMyID. Those affected must enroll by September 30, 2014, and can visit the website to enroll at and utilize the activation code in the letter sent by the firm.