Interactive infographic: World’s biggest data breaches

What do British Airways, Carphone Warehouse, the UK Ministry of Defence and TalkTalk have in common? They all show up, together with hundreds other organisations and institutions, on the World’s Biggest Data Breaches interactive infographic created by the data visualisation site ‘information is beautiful’.

By selecting filters like industry and cause of data leak, you can find and read about the major worldwide data breaches reported since 2004 – starting from the AOL incident caused by a former employee who stole 92 million contact details and sold them to spammers, right up to the recent exposure of 191 million US voters caused by incorrect database configuration.

Over time, data breaches caused by hacks have dramatically increased in frequency and in number of records stolen: in 2015, TalkTalk and Carphone Warehouse had 157k and 2.4m customers’ details stolen respectively.

Large, medium-sized and small companies are all at risk

As you might have seen, the infographic only reports on large corporations or governmental institutions, but there are hundreds – if not thousands – of small and medium-sized companies left out. This doesn’t mean that SMEs are not targeted by cyber attacks or experience data breaches. In fact, half of SMEs in the UK surveyed by KPMG think “it’s unlikely or very unlikely that they’d be a target for an attack” and they believe that by being small, they are safe. Nothing could be more wrong. Download this free guide to discover what they risk by not being secure >>

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