When an individual’s personal information is accidentally or unlawfully changed, deleted, or disclosed to any parties who do not have a right to it, this is known as a personal data breach.

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Common personal data breach exposures include personal information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and healthcare histories, as well as corporate information, such as customer lists, manufacturing processes and software source code. If anyone who is not specifically authorized to do so views such data, the organization charged with protecting that information is said to have suffered a data breach.

Unfortunately, some situations are out of our control. We need to be able to trust companies that we do business with to have proper security. That’s not always the case.

Significant Personal Data Breaches:

Equifax

Personal information (including Social Security Numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers) of 143 million consumers; 209,000 consumers also had their credit card data exposed. Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the U.S., said on Sept. 7, 2017 that an application vulnerability on one of their websites led to a data breach that exposed about 147.9 million consumers.

Anthem

Theft of personal information on up to 78.8 million current and former customers was exposed. Anthem, said a #cyberattack had exposed the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and employment histories of current and former customers – everything necessary to steal identity.

Facebook

Eighty-seven million Facebook users around the world had their details shared with Cambridge Analytica in one of the social network’s largest data breaches. Cambridge Analytica acquired millions of profiles of US citizens and used the data to build a software program to predict and influence voters. Facebook discovered the information had been harvested in late 2015 but failed to alert users at the time.

The most reasonable means for preventing personal data breaches involve commonsense security practices. This includes well-known security basics, such as applying proven malware protection, using strong passwords/passphrases and consistently applying the necessary software patches on all systems. While these steps will help prevent intrusions into an environment, industry experts at Griffin Group Global encourage encrypting sensitive data, whether it is stored inside an on-premises network or third-party cloud service. Encryption will prevent threat actors from accessing the actual data. Griffin’s platform Gravity is an enterprise business operation management system that provides a secure application ecosystem for advanced productivity

 

 

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