Study: 15 data breaches with 10MM+ identities exposed in 2016

Don’t be a statistic

Venture Capitalist and famed internet trends spotter, Mary Meeker, delivered her Internet Trends 2017 report yesterday. It’s 355-page slide deck packed with tons of stats — a couple of which caught our cloud security-focused eyes here at Marshal.

In 2016 there were 15 data breaches in which more than ten million identities were exposed. This is up from 11 such breaches in 2014. As you can see from the graph above, the trendline for such mega-data breaches over the past three years does not look promising.

Additionally, Meeker says that 94% of all cloud apps are “not enterprise-ready,” which has “serious security and compliance implications.” The report goes on to say that there is an average of 27 cloud storage apps used per enterprise, 72% of which are not enterprise-ready.

As we went to publish this post, there was a bit of unfortunate synergy. Ars Technica reports today that single sign-on and identity management company Onelogin has suffered a breach, exposing customer data. Data breaches are definitely not an issue we left behind in 2016, and something companies of every size need to be conscious of constantly.

So take action today before you become one of these dire statistics. Run a free Marshal scan and find out in minutes if you are sharing exposed sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, email addresses or phone numbers. It’s secure, easy and you can run a scan right now.