Indeed, 2010 was a year that went big — big data breaches, big threats and bigger-than-big acquisitions. Major security players were gobbled up left and right by private equity firms or stack giants. Seemingly impenetrable multinational corporations scrambled to keep their data secure in the wake of sophisticated hacker attacks. And botnets evolved to incorporate search and destroy code that could target nuclear plants and other critical infrastructure.
So, in the spirit of the year's larger-than-life happenings, here's a look at what the 10 biggest security stories 2010 had to offer.