Month: February 2017

2016: the biggest data hacks and breaches

A lot of data hacks and breaches hit the headlines last year. Some of them happened a few years ago and were only revealed in 2016.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest ones to hit the news.
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Community Health Plan of Washington hit by a data breach

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The Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) – provider of health insurance in Washington – issued a press release on the 21st of December concerning a data breach that may have affected up to 400,000 current and former members of the organisation.

This is yet another large data leak involving a healthcare sector – usually the biggest culprits in terms of data leaks, which is made worse by the sensitive nature of the data that can be breached.
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Are ‘air-gapping’ computers the best way to prevent a breach?

Back in the days where data breaches and hacks were a new phenomenon, ‘air-gapping’ was a term which meant that it was nearly impossible for computers to be breached.

Air-gapping is a security measure that isolates a computer away from a network. By doing so, the computer stands alone. The security method was thought to be 100 per cent effective as it allows data contained within the computer to be safe from hacking.

In the growing age of data leaks and hacks, is this the only way we can truly protect ourselves?
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