In 2014, the words “data breach” held a very heavy weight. Often referred to as the year of the Mega Breaches, a staggering 1 billion records were compromised by cyberattacks across a myriad of industries.
- JPMorgan Chase unintentionally exposed the names, addresses, social security numbers and other personal data from 83 million account holders – and that from a company that spends over $250 million annually on cybersecurity;
- Sony Pictures saw attackers destroy data and leak information regarding employee payroll, severance package figures, performance reviews, executive salaries and even email exchanges regarding some of Hollywood’s elite; and
- Community Health Systems had private patient information of more than 4.5 million records stolen and leaked in an attack that spread across 28 US states and caused a surge in additional healthcare systems to be targeted.