The Top Six Breaches in 2013 and How To Ensure They Don’t Affect You

Feb 7, 2014

Are you using an aggressive approach to your computer network security? Cybercrime is increasing at an alarming rate, becoming more sophisticated every day. However, many businesses continue to ignore best practices regarding security measures.

The following are the top six breaches that occurred in 2013:  

  • Adobe

38 million active Adobe usernames and encrypted passwords were stolen as part of a massive cyber-attack.


Nearly one million accounts were accessed through vulnerabilities in third-party software used by

  • AHMC Hospitals

More than 700,000 patients using AHMC Hospitals had personal information stolen after thieves broke into an administration office and stole two laptops.

  • Evernote

50 million members were notified of unauthorized access to information, including hashed and salted passwords.

  • Federal Reserve

Hacking group Anonymous exposed information for 4,000 bank executives after taking advantage of vulnerabilities in a website vendor product.

  • LivingSocial

Over 50 million customers were notified of a cyber-attack that resulted in data, including hashed and salted passwords, being compromised.

Going Forward — 2014

What security best practices should you be concerned with? How can you avoid data breaches? The following are the top lessons to consider:

  • Encryption

When you’re storing data, whether it’s on a laptop, server, or a USB, there’s no excuse for data to remain unencrypted. When storage devices are lost or stolen, you’re exposed to a huge security risk. Sensitive data at rest, or in transit, must be encrypted at all times.

  • Passwords

Avoid using easy-to-remember passwords and reusing passwords for multiple services. Create a separate password for each service you’re using, and always use long passwords with letters and numbers.

  • Training

You must educate employees about appropriate handling and protection of sensitive data. Many businesses stop training after the initial hiring process. Training should be ongoing with regular reminders regarding security.

To learn more about how you can use security measures to avoid data breaches give your team of computer network security professionals a call at (888) 330-8808 or send us an email at

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