Last year, there were nearly 900 data breaches (more than in 2009 or 2010*), resulting in 31 million records breached**. And, as the number of reported breaches continued to rise, organizations paid a hefty cost for data breaches, according to this year’s Cost of a Data Breach Study. Some interesting facts from the 2011 study:
So what does this mean for government agencies? With the continued migration of government applications to cloud environments, the access to secure sensitive information becomes available anywhere, at any time – drastically increasing the risk of an insider breach. Also, cybersecurity remains a critical issue on the Hill. With the government's increased adoption of mobile devices, many people are wondering what agencies can do to ensure their security policies are robust enough to keep up with the changing technology landscape.
Agencies can protect themselves by implementing information protection best practices and technologies to reduce the risk of data breach incidents. Consider some of these best practices to avoid data loss:
What do you think about the findings from this year’s report?
**Identity Theft Resource Center