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Study: Breaches More Frequent and Severe

DATA LOSS

June 23, 2011

A Ponemon Institute study has found that 90 percent of businesses experienced a data breach in the past year, and attacks were more severe and difficult to prevent. Network World reports that mobile devices--employee laptops, smartphones and tablets--are responsible for most breaches, while business partnerships also elevate risk. Fifty-three percent of businesses reported a low level of confidence in their ability to avoid future attacks, which the authors attribute to "the fact that so many organizations are having multiple breaches." An MSNBC report outlines ways for individuals to protect themselves in light of the recent "seemingly endless string" of data breaches, and according to the report, most aren't made public. Meanwhile, CIO has posted an online quiz to test readers' knowledge of data breaches.
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