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Lessons Learned from 7 Big Breaches in 2019

Capital One, Macy's, FEMA, and others: key takeaways from the year's most notable breaches.
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2019 is on track to be the worst year ever for data breaches.

Over 7.9 billion (with a "b") data records were exposed in the first nine months of this year alone from a total of 5,183 breaches, according to Risk Based Security Compared to the same period last year, the total number of breaches in 2019 is higher by over 33%. Six breaches exposed over 100 million records, with hacking being the top reason for most compromises.

Most of the breaches involved compromise of data, such as email accounts, account credentials, and names and phone numbers of victims, but a substantially high number exposed Social Security numbers, bank account information, and payment card data that could be used for identity theft and fraud.

For victim organizations — and hundreds of millions of Internet users — the breaches were a reminder of just how vulnerable sensitive data continues to be on the Web. Despite heightened awareness of cyber threats and billions of dollars in cybersecurity investments in recent years, a vast majority of organizations remain as vulnerable to breaches as ever.

Here's a look at the key takeaways from a handful of big data breaches in 2019. 

 

Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year ... View Full Bio
 

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1/26/2020 | 8:14:03 PM
Great Concise Article
Author has done an excellent job of capturing the main avenues of getting breached with very good case selection. Great succinct read. Thanks for the time and effort that you put into this worth. Best Regards.
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12/20/2019 | 9:37:05 AM
Cloud data security is a huge concern
Great article. We can all learn from the mistakes made in these big breaches. In particular, I agree that there is continued concern about the risks of cloud storage. In a recent survey, 48% of organizations that store sensitive data in the cloud would consider moving that data back on premises. To best secure data in the cloud, it's important to know just how much data you have, who has access to it and which data is most critical in your IT environment, so you can prioritize your security efforts.
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12/16/2019 | 9:05:30 AM
informative
Nice article
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