Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Visualizing The World's Biggest Data Breaches

In corporate servers we trust? A beautiful interactive timeline puts the growing vulnerabilities to our personal online security in stark relief

The experience is becoming so common it’s scary. You're sitting there minding your own business, when up pops an email (or worse, a letter via snail mail) from some company you may or may not be familiar with telling you that your data has been compromised by a security breach. Change your password, post haste--if you’re lucky that a password is the worst of what was compromised.

More than 50% of CEOs surveyed by the Ponemon Institute, a cybersecurity think tank, say that their company experiences cyber attacks daily or even hourly.

These attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, and increasingly, they are successful--to date this year, there have 343 data breaches reported in the U.S., which already exceeds the number in all of 2006, according to the Wall Street Journal. A new visualization of the world’s biggest data breaches on a timeline since 2004 puts the rise of cyberattacks in stark relief.

You can explore the graphic more here. And to protect yourself against certain kinds of data breaches, it's always good to follow good hygiene for passwords and PINs to your online accounts, like making sure you use different passwords for all sites. You can see a few additional tips on how to secure your passwords here.

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