Data breaches are nothing new. In fact, they’re almost becoming commonplace. In the first half of 2017 alone, the number of data breaches jumped 29 percent, according to a report from Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout. From the Republican National Committee contractor whose breach exposed voting data on nearly 200 million Americans, to Verizon’s breach that affected more than 14 million customers, data hacks are increasing at a breakneck speed across all industries.
The recent massive breach of credit reporting giant, Equifax, is the latest example of this. Reported by the Wall Street Journal as the largest social security breach in history, approximately 143 million U.S. consumers’ confidential data, including social security numbers, names, birthdates and addresses were compromised. What’s more, they reported that more than 200,000 consumers’ credit card numbers were accessed and more than 180,000 consumers’ sensitive documents were accessed.