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Worst Data Breaches of 2012

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Executive Summary

2012 was a big year for many things, including data theft and loss. In fact, there were a number of notable instances of data breaches in 2012, such as LinkedIn's 6.5 million stolen passwords, the U.S. Army's 36,000 personnel files and New York State Electric and Gas' 1.8 million customer records that were hacked, to name a few. And though technology today allows us to back up and copy our information, and though hackers generally don't just delete the data they've stolen, sometimes it does happen. And, the lesson to be learned here is that ultimately, your data is your responsibility. Never assume the data you've stored with a third-party, be it a cloud provider or off-site storage, is backed up.

Access this brief paper to learn about the best practices to take regarding and relationship between data breaches and backed up data. Make sure you go into 2013 with a functional plan to restore lost data.

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