Talking about cyber threads, most of people assume that financial services, governmental institution, or online stores are the targets. Unfortunately, the truth speaks differently. The thefts want data from various industries, including hospitals and universities.
In fact, it was reported that since January 2014, there have been more than 300 data breaches has happened in the US. The methods varied starting from the simplest form such as laptop lost to fancy cyber attacks. Here are some companies that became victims of data breach in 2014:
– The chat application, Snapchat had a security gap that caused up to 4.6 million accounts being downloaded by spam website. They claim this incident as a small incident but promised their users to put extra protection for intruders.
– An internal hole in AIG cause 774,723 customersâ€™ data had been exposed. This was done by a former financial adviser who stole a hard drive.
– The University of Maryland suffered two breaches this quarter, the worst one in February when hackers stole personal data related to 307,079 individuals from a records database. The hackers was claimed to understand well the network system of the university.
– In March, hackers had gained access to The North Dakota Universityâ€™s system servers and recorded of an estimated 291,465 students and staff members.
– A theft broke into billing and collection department and stole equipment that hold about 168,000 patientsâ€™ data in Department of Health service in Los Angeles. This data was in risk of exposure after the break in accident.
– A former employee stole 55 laptops that unencrypted personal information on about 74,000 people of Cola Cola Company. It was a shame that the encrypted policy of Coca Cola laptops were not implemented on these laptops.
–Â Malware was caught being installed in the servers of Wisconsin University and 15,000 studentsâ€™ data was in danger of being exposed.
– Hackers broke into the computers of the state-licensed provider of services to the developmentally disabled, Service Coordination of Maryland, and stole Social Security numbers and medical information on about 14,000 patients.
– Credit card details were being hacked by hackers that interfered Sally Beauty Holdings.
– Incidentally, 50,000 information related to Medicare and social security number was being exposed upon on magazine address labels by a banner health in Phoenix.
– Due to printing and distribution error, State of Connecticut sent information details to wrong people. About 27,000 people stating unemployment information could include someone elseâ€™s information.
– Hackers breached into a vendorâ€™s system and cracked access to payroll files on about 43,600 current and former employees in Assisted Living Concepts.
–Â Laptop and external hard drive was stolen from principal of the Midland Independent School District (ISD) and may have exposed 14,000 studentsâ€™ data.
Through above cases, it can be seen that leakage can be done incidentally or purposefully, externally or internally, and digitally or physically. Like it or not â€“ threads are everywhere. How you want to deal with it is your choice, but theft will do their action, no matter what â€“ no matter how. When you leave the door open, you invite them. Ironically, closing the door properly does not imply none intruder coming to our place. The mentioned cases above should be an eye opener of how important security matter is. Regardless what your business line is, your data will always be valuable for someone and it needs to be protected. Understand your network, train your employee, and be aware of thread possibilities.