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Data Breaches Involve the Same Stories Again and Again

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We must examine the recurring elements that allow data breaches to happen and try to learn from them.

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Every year, organizations suffer more data spills and attacks, with personal information being exposed and abused at alarming rates. Common plotlines include human error, unnecessary data collection, consolidated storage, and careless mistakes.

Countless stories involve organizations that spent a ton of money on security and still ended up breached. Only when we learn from these recurring stories can we make headway in stopping the cycle.

From Scientific American
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