Data Breach refers to the intentional or unintentional release of private or confidential information or data. Other terms for data breach include unintentional information disclosure, data leakage, or data spill.

Lessons Learned from the Verizon Data Breach

Earlier this week, over 14 million Verizon customers had sensitive user data associated with their Verizon accounts released into the wild.  A third-party vendor had stored the database on an improperly secured cloud server. While this unsecured server was located in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, the data breach was determined to be a result of human error on the contractor’s part, not any inherent security vulnerability in the AWS cloud.

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The Magnitude of the Breach

The Magnitude of the Breach On Thursday, June 4, it was announced that there was a large breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of the federal government. The Chinese are fingered in the breach, in which about 4 million people’s records were lost in the attack, and the Chinese government denied being responsible,…