Data is the new oil, a crucially valuable resource which dictates everything from business operations to government policy.
2016 was certainly a notable year, with unexpected goings on in the cultural and political spheres. The same can be said of the security industry, which saw the largest data breach ever recorded being disclosed by Yahoo, and hacks conducted by 16 year olds, such as TalkTalk, making it apparent that age and experience are no longer barriers to hackers. In the first half of 2016, at least 550 million records were stolen, that we know of, almost 65 per cent higher than the same period in 2015. It may seem a surprising figure, given the advances the industry is making in developing data protection tools, but as technology advances, so too does the sophistication of hackers.
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