This year, Washington State University learned a hard lesson in Data Security 101. It was recently revealed that the university discovered a significant breach on April 21st, 2017. But WSU kept quiet about the crime until June 9th, when they began mailing out letters to the affected parties. Turns out, over a million individuals had their personal information stolen!
So, why did WSU stay tight-lipped for 7 weeks? The college’s rationale behind the delay was that they needed time to consult local authorities and launch an internal investigation. Keep reading to discover which details were finally revealed by WSU’s president, Kirk H. Schulz. Read More
Back on May 26, 2017, a huge power surge occurred at British Airways data center near London’s Heathrow Airport. It resulted in a center-wide outage that grounded 479 airplanes and stranded over 75,000 passengers who were hoping to fly to cities around the world. Over the next two days, 193 more flights were canceled as the airline scrambled to return its operations to normal. Overall, this 3-day disruption caused a 1.8% drop in British Airways passenger traffic.
Data Security News: The L.A. Celebrity Plastic Surgery Data Breach
One of the latest data breaches to make headlines is the recent revelation that the medical records of some 15,000 plastic surgery patients, some of whom may be celebrities, were stolen from a high-end plastic surgery practice. On top of that, it has been reported that videos and photographs depicting some of the patients were also compromised. Read More
In 2017, reports of companies’ newly leaked data seem to fill the media every week. Indeed, statistics are showing a staggering amount of compromised data from these last 5 months alone. We’re not even at the year’s halfway mark yet, but experts are reporting that 2017’s data losses could top the all-time charts. As of May 23, there have been 1,254 publicly stated breaches, alongside 4,837 published vulnerabilities. With more leaks looming in the imminent future, we decided to take a trip down memory lane. Let us present to you some of the worst data breaches from the last 10 years.
We certainly are in the age of big data: more than 90% of the world’s data has been created over the last several years, and the amount of data is doubling roughly every two years. By 2020, IDC estimates that we will produce 44 zettabytes of data every year — that’s 44 trillion gigabytes! This includes all of the data that humans produce through various online activities, in addition to the data collected by Internet of Things devices. Read More
From Edward Snowden’s CIA breach to the Ashley Madison debacle, there are countless tales of former employees causing huge leaks of company data. Reports have shown that companies are often more vulnerable to internal threats than external hackers. Most employers endeavor to treat their workers with fairness and respect, while in turn, the majority of employees still want a good reference when they leave a job. However, there are still those disgruntled few, who will misuse your sensitive data if given a chance. Read on to find out how to protect your company from internal breaches. Read More
As of April 26, 2017, Facebook’s Data Center in Fort Worth, Florida is about to get even bigger. Already worth $1 billion USD, the ink is barely dry on an agreement to expand the data campus by another 400,000 square feet. This lofty addition will cost Facebook an impressive $267 million. Alongside previous construction projects begun by Facebook in 2016, Fort Worth’s expansion will effectively triple the data center’s size from its original square footage! Read More
Nobody is immune to data breaches. Companies from department stores to social media giants have suffered staggering security breaches in recent years. The fallout can be costly and embarrassing for a business. Huge corporations like Yahoo, Facebook, and Target have a lot of resources at their disposal to help them bounce back after such a disaster, but what about smaller businesses? Do you have a plan of action in place should a breach occur at your company? You should. Here are some tips to help you recover if it happens to you.
Healthcare generates big data, but is still behind in effectively and securely managing and analyzing electronic health records, test results, emails, private communications, and research. Healthcare organizations and hospitals are turning to data centers to safely store information on and off campuses. Read More
Data became perhaps more hotly debated than ever when the 2016 election results came out. On November 7th, one day before the election, polls showed Clinton at 46.8% and Trump lagging behind at 44.3%. The following day, these polls were turned on their head as the country watched Trump win the race. This lead to a debate in the world of media as to what the value of this type of data actually is. Read More