There have been 5,754 data breaches between November 2005 and November 2015 that have exposed 856,548,312 records. According to their data, there were 783 breaches in 2014, the largest number of data breaches in a single year to date. Data also indicated that 29% of breaches involved hacking incidents in 2014, compared to just 14.1% in 2007. This shows an upward trend in the number of data breaches resulting from an outside cyber attack. Although this data includes a comprehensive list of data breaches, whether large-scale or small, there are a few that stand out from the rest as some of the worst data breaches in history in terms of resulting costs and the number of records compromised. Below is a list of 8 of the worst breaches in history that highlights the cause of the breach and the effects on the public and business sectors.
Several major breaches make the headlines each year, with notable recent breaches including Anthem, Sony and a Billion-dollar cyber heist discovered by Kaspersky. Companies like Wendy’s, VTech, and many others have also had records exposed in the millions. If you want to know how many data breaches have happened so far this year, you can check it out on the ITRC's website (The Identity Theft Resource Center). Year to year, we have seen these data breach trends increase, along with the costs of securing adequate cyber security solutions. How can organizations better protect themselves from future data outbreaks? Read our list of the top ten tips to learn how.
Many of our customers, from large enterprises to small business, are wondering what they need to do make sure they aren’t the next big data breach headline. The good news is that most breaches can be prevented by a common sense approach, coupled with some key IT security adjustments.