Treading on the heels of the Home Depot's announcement that 56 million credit and debit cards were jeopardized last week, new research shows that 43 percent of U.S. companies experienced a data breach in the past year. That’s a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
The annual survey from the Ponemon Institute, released Wednesday, found that the size of these incidents is also on the rise. Despite the indications that breaches have become a way of life, companies remain ill-prepared to protect their data. "While more organizations have data breach preparedness on their radar and have developed a response plan, a majority of companies are not putting the support and resources behind having it truly be effective," Michael Bruemmer, vice president of Experian Data Breach Resolution, tells Fast Company.
The study calls employees the “weakest link” when it comes to vulnerability to hackers and suggests that companies develop and continuously update response plans for data breaches.
(via Fast Company)
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