This ‘world’s biggest data breaches’ infographic is terrifying

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jul 30, 2013 06:16 am PST

We’ve covered a great deal of the major data breaches experienced by enterprises over the last decade or so—Sony, the South Korean government, Nvidia, Honda—but there’s nothing quite like looking at them together, visualized.

David McCandless, Tom Evans, Miriam Quick, Ella Hollowood, Christian Miles and Dan Hampson did just that over at Information is Beautiful, and I find the result sobering, reassuring and terrifying all at once.

Sobering, because no type of company appears to be safe from a data breach.

Reassuring, because you’d think there would be more of them in nine years’ time.

Terrifying, because then you realize that the researchers only included breaches of more than 30,000 records—about the population of Juneau, the capital of Alaska—and only public ones at that. What’s more, they seem to be increasing in recent years. Yeesh.


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