Hat Tip: The Reformed Broker
According to a study of all data breaches in 2013 (pdf), the health-care sector suffered the highest share of attacks last year, overtaking the business sector for the first time in almost a decade.
Here is a chart from the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that tracks data theft, summarizing the number of data breaches in 2013 by categories (e.g., banking, business, and healthcare):
While there’s no doubt the number of data breaches across sectors has increased, there is one caveat regarding the healthcare sector’s totals. In particular, The Wonkblog noted:
The health-care number may be distorted because of a 2013 federal regulation that requires companies to publicly report breaches affecting 500 or more people. So there’s more data out there on health-care breaches than there is on say, retail attacks. In fact, that’s a practice the retail industry is talking about standardizing right now.
Via the The Switch (The Washington Post):
As more and more people have become comfortable with online shopping, Cyber Monday sales have crept up. While online sales in the 2005 Cyber Monday were $484 million, according to digital research agency comScore, by 2012 they had more than tripled to $1.465 billion — making last Cyber Monday the heaviest online spending day in history. And many online retailers have extended the formerly one-day affair into a “Cyber Week” of deals. Last year, that week contained three individual days with online sales of more than $1 billion.
Note in the graphic below that Microsoft is the second most profitable tech company in the world behind Apple. I highlight this point because Microsoft is often overlooked in the tech space because its products are not really considered innovative and “sexy.” At the end of the day, though, money talks and sometimes “boring” is more.
Source: Pando Daily