In 2015, we saw some of the worst data breaches in history. From Anthem and Ashley Madison, to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Harvard, millions upon millions of records compromised. In other sad news, those were only data breaches that affected the United States; Russia and Turkey both suffered massive data breaches, exposing 70 million more records.
There’s no sugarcoating the fact that 2015 was a dizzying year for data breaches, and disastrous for many organizations and consumers. In the first half of the year alone, Gemalto NV found that 888 disclosed security incidents compromised nearly 246 million records worldwide.
There were certainly trends in data breaches this year, including the rising sophistication of hackers, the ever-increasing threat of massive state-sponsored attacks, and the continuing prevalence of large breaches in the healthcare industry. In fact, the average healthcare breach through mid-2015 was 200% larger than in the first half of 2014.
With those trends in mind, let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest and baddest breaches of 2015 — and then see what consumers and security professionals can do to make 2016 a safer and more secure year.
You can read the full article here: The 10 Worst Data Breaches of 2015