Data breaches are regular news these days. Threats like hacking, phishing, insecure emails and physical theft can all lead to data loss and cause irrevocable damage to those involved. It’s vital that networks are secured against threats like these, and there are several ways to do it. Unfortunately, some organizations haven’t protected themselves enough. Here’s our roundup of recently reported data breaches.
Multinational computer software company Adobe Systems, Inc announced that it was a victim of very “sophisticated attacks” on its computer network illegal access to source code for several products like Adobe Acrobat and Coldfusion and information on about 2.9 million Adobe customers – including names, encrypted credit card numbers, expiration dates and other data related to customers’ orders.
The Boston Globe reports that more than 20,000 students across 36 schools in the Boston Public School system had their data compromised when the district’s vendor Plastic Card Systems lost a flash drive containing students’ personal information.
When we think about data loss, we often immediately think about theft – hacking, phishing or malicious insider activity. But the reality is that most data is lost through mundane human error, like hitting “reply all” to an email intended for one person, or attaching the wrong file to a message.