Top Data Breach in the 21st Century: How to Overcome These Mistakes
Data breaches occur almost every hour of the day and in far too many places at once. It may seem like there are back-to-back data breaches. It shouldn’t seem so shocking or unexpected. As technology improves and newer changes are made every day, more of our personal data is migrating to digital. Cyberattacks are becoming more common. However, they can be extremely costly for organizations.
One recent hack involves Capital One. According to the organization, hackers gained access to more 100 million customers’ data. The breach exposed social security numbers as well as bank account numbers, credit scores, addresses, and other information.
In 2016, more than 2.2 billion records were exposed through 3,000 data breaches. 2018 was designated the Year of Data Breaches, and organizations incurred over $350 million.
Mega Data Breaches So Far
10. Cathay Pacific Airways – 9.4 Million
Impact: 860,000 passport numbers and 245,000 Hong Kong ID card numbers were stolen. 403 credit card numbers were also stolen.
Time: March 2018,
9. Facebook – 29 Million
Impact: Theft of highly sensitive data including contact details, locations, relationship statuses and recent searches as well as devices used for logging in, was the result.
Time: July 2017 -September 2018
8. Google+ – 52.5 Million
Impact: Google+ profiles were compromised with private information, including names, employer and job titles, email addresses, birth dates, age, and relationship status.
Time: March-November 2018
7. Uber – 57 million
Impact: Exposure of personal information of 57,000,000 Uber users and 600,000. drivers. Uber’s reputation and financial losses are likely to be significant. Uber’s value was $68 billion prior to the incident, but it has since fallen to $48 billion.
Time in the Late 2016
6. LinkedIn – 117 Million
Impact: Cybercriminals stole email addresses and encrypted passwords from 117 million LinkedIn users. Highly sensitive data such as locations, email ids and employment statuses were compromised.
5. eBay – 145 Million
Impact: Credentials, email addresses and birth dates were stolen from 145 million users.
4. Equifax – 145.5 million
Impact: The perpetrators stole the names, birthdates and addresses of 145.5 million Americans. Add to this approximately 200,000 credit card number and you have one of the most sensitive data breaches.
3. Marriott Starwood Hotels – 500 million
Impact: Theft of guest information including phone numbers, email addresses and passport numbers, as well as reservation dates, payment card numbers and expiration dates was committed.
Time: September 2018,
2. Aadhar Card – 1.1 billion
Impact: Private information of Indian residents, including their names and 12-digit ID numbers, as well as information on connected services such as bank accounts, was compromised.
Time: Although it’s not clear when the database was first accessed, it was retrieved in March 2018.
1. Yahoo – 3 Billion
Impact: Yahoo has been the victim of two massive data breaches. Cybercriminals stole data from every Yahoo user around the world in August 2013. This is a total of three million. One-third of the world was affected. Yahoo claimed that only one billion of its users were at risk when the data breach was first discovered in 2016. However, the number was later changed to “all Yahoo user account” less than a decade later.
Time: August 2013 and 2016.
Cyber-attacks on the Rise
Data breaches are quite common. It might seem like you would be able to protect your data by taking the necessary steps, but this seems almost impossible in today’s digital world. Your personal information is at risk once it goes online. It is possible to strengthen our defenses and to control hackers.
Cyber-attacks are on the rise and they have a negative impact on customers, consumers, as well as the organizations. Not only do the organizations suffer financially, but they also experience poor publicity and lose customer trust (in addition to losing their data).
Cybersecurity professionals who are skilled
Experts predict that cyber-attacks and data breaches will continue to increase. This is why cybersecurity must be a core part of every organization. Without cybersecurity professionals, how can organizations make cybersecurity a priority? Organizations are slow to protect their data because of a lack of cybersecurity professionals.
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 Million cybersecurity jobs by 2021.
The cybersecurity jobs forecasts have not been able to keep up with the rapid rise in cybercrime. It is expected that $6 trillion will be spent annually by 2021. This is an increase from $3 trillion in 2015.
A 2016 skills gap analy