Anthem Data Breach – Who’s Next?
I hate to break the news but data breaches have become an unfortunate fact of life. These unwanted events are happening too frequently that each time it happens, it feels like the daily weather report. The scary thing about data breaches is that these events will only continue to grow as criminals become more desperate to take advantage of the innocent and data about our personal records, financial account numbers, and identities continues to proliferate across computer systems in every industry from your local retailer, your local DMV, to one of the nation’s largest health insurance providers.
According to the 2014 Cost of Data Breach study from the Ponemon Institute, data breaches will cost companies $201 per stolen record. According to the NY Post, 80 million records were stolen from Anthem this week which will cost employees, customers, and shareholders $16,080,000,000 from this single event. The 80 million records accounted for includes the data they knew about. What about all the data that has proliferated across systems? Data about both current and past customers across decades that was copied onto personal computers, loaded into shared network folders, and sitting there while security experts pray that their network security solutions will prevent the bad guys from finding it and causing even more carnage the this ever growing era of Big Data?
If you are worried as much as I am about what these criminals will do with our personal information, make it a priority to protect your data assets in your lives both personal and in business. Learn more about Informatica’s perspectives and video on this matter:
- Data Security – A Major Concern in 2015
- How organizations can prepare for 2015 data privacy legislation
- How Protected is your PHI?
- The CISO Challenge: Articulating Data Worth and Security Economics
- IDC Life Sciences and Ponemon Research Highlights Need for New Security Measures
- Video: Secure@Source – A Data-Centric Approach to Security
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