Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Data Breaches Booming

Data Breaches Booming By Thomas Claburn | InformationWeek | 1/6/2009 - "In a down year, data breaches went up, again.

In 2008, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 656 reported data breaches, an increase of 47% from the 2007 total of 446.

The breaches were reported in the following sectors: business (240), education (131), government/military (110), health/medical (97), and financial/credit (78).

No big surprise here. Dig deeper and I'll bet you find the #1 reason behind these breaches is human error. Someone forgets to secure a connection, some application has a hole in it that no one is interested in fixing, the break-ins happened through systems running Microsoft products. The biggest problem is that security is a process, not a product. The only way to be secure is to practice security 24/7/365. Let down your guard for five minutes and boom! You're screwed.

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