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The Error Of Your Ways: Top 10 Data Breaches Of 2014

CRN rounds up the top data breaches of the year so far, all of which illustrate how basic employee mistakes can lead to data exposure that impacts millions.

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Data Breaches Tell Only Part Of The Story

Many of the high-profile data breaches of 2014 are associated with the loss, exposure or theft of personally identifiable information. Businesses rarely report breaches involving intellectual property, but they happen frequently, say computer forensics experts involved in investigating incidents. The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, released last month, analyzed more than 1,300 data breaches in 2013 and 63,400 security incidents. It found basic lapses at the heart of many of them -- including employee mistakes, the use of weak and default passwords, system configuration issues and inadequate system monitoring. The trend is continuing in 2014. CRN pulled together 10 of the top data breaches of the year so far that shed light on the security best practices that could reduce risk.

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