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Re: No End in Sight: Data Breach Tally Approaches 100 Million
Posted by: Keith Regan 2006-09-25 16:36:17
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The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse says its running tally of data breaches shows nearly 94 million instances of data being exposed in less than two years of tracking such events, a veritable red flag of private information at risk. The PRC said its tally shows the total number of records containing sensitive personal information involved in security breaches now stands at 93,754,333. All of those instances came after the February, 2005 disclosure from ChoicePoint that apparent identity thieves had created bogus user IDs and infiltrated its database of consumer information.

Re: No End in Sight: Data Breach Tally Approaches 100 Million
Posted by: mroonie 2006-09-26 14:52:35 In reply to: Keith Regan
Here is a website that reports all data breaches that have occured since April 20, 2005:
This list is ridiculous! Companies really need to start taking more responsibility for such incidents. Just because it's hard to measure an ROI with security doesn't mean it's unnecessary. It's better to pay a couple hundred dollars now to implement a security solution than to millions to cover up for the mess later on.
If much of the data leaks and breaches are due to human error, then isn't it common sense to implement a solution that would decrease the probabily of human error being the cause of data loss? For example, a couple months ago, a Verizon employee accidently sent out an email that had a database full of client information attached to it. This incident could have been prevented if the database was encrypted.
Companies really need to be more proactive about business security. Doesn't seem like that really understand the widespread concern and how it will affect their reputation.
If they did, why is the number of data breaches reaching 1 million!
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