Like pumpkin spice and turning leaves, data breaches have become a theme for the fall. This season is shaping up to be no exception, with Anthem, Apple and, worryingly, the Pentagon all making headlines in the last few days.
It is, of course, part of the “new normal” as cyberattackers continue to hone their tactics and widen their target areas. According to the ITRC, the number of data breaches in the U.S. hit a new record high in 2017 with 1,579 incidents, a 44.7 percent increase over figures reported for 2016.
“This activity won’t stop. In fact, left unchecked it will get worse,” said Pravin Kothari, CEO of cloud security vendor CipherCloud, via email. She added that major incidents should prompt others to use best practices, like the end-to-end encryption of data, both in the cloud and on-premise, the use of two-factor authentication, network segmentation and more.