2006 – a record year for privacy breaches?

ZDNet has an article entitled By the numbers: A dismal year for data breaches that says there were over 100 million data records lost. It says there were 327 data breach events in 2006 – up from 136 in 2005.

So what is the reason behind this?

Is more info being kept just because its easy to do, leading to a higher risk of loss?

Are businesses and institutions not keeping up with security requirements?

Many are due to internal problems – but are those that get them from the outside becoming more sophisticated?

Is the problem the same as it always was – but we are just seeing more reporting and disclosure?

Read the ZDNet article

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