Dark Reading – 2.6 Billion-Plus Data Records Breached Last Year

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Every minute, nearly 5,000 data records are lost or stolen somewhere around the globe: that’s more than 7.1 million a day.

New data from security firm Gemalto’s annual Breach Level Index calculated more than 2.6 billion data records were compromised in 2017 – either lost, stolen, or left exposed online – an 88% increase from 2016.

“They automatically assume since they are going to the cloud, things are secure. Well, they’re not,” says Jason Hart, vice president and CTO for data protection at Gemalto. “You still need to configure it properly, and see that your data is secured. It’s not AWS [Amazon Web Services] that’s the custodian of the data.”

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