With the slew of massive data breaches in the news recently, like the HBO hacks or the Gmail phishing scam, many businesses may worry that they could be next. And while many breaches are easily preventable, many more are the result of complex, sophisticated cyber attacks that are hard to defend against.
As more and more information moves online, particularly in business, it is critical to protect your customers’ sensitive information. Identity theft is serious—in 2014, ID theft cost Americans $15.4 billion. Anything your company can do to help prevent identity theft for customers will be welcome.
Listed below are some of the worst breaches of the last few years, how they happened, and what you can do to avoid making the same mistakes.