15 of the World's Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks of 2015

From Anthem and the IRS to Ashley Madison and Comcast, 2015 had some pretty eye-opening and extensive data breaches and hacks. These issues affected more than 169 million records across 781 breaches.

We compiled a list of 15 of the world’s biggest data breaches and hacks of last year. Take a look below.  

To help protect yourself and your business from data breaches like this in 2016, try these tips:

  • Know exactly what you have and where. Focus on protecting what is important and do not expend every effort trying to protect everything with the same level of care.

  • Come to terms with the reality that some form of breach has already occurred or will in the future. Help limit the impact by applying additional controls around your valuables and make sure you have a measured and appropriate response ready.

  • Inventory and assess existing security capabilities. The threat landscape constantly evolves, as do security solutions. Quick gains can often be made by enabling new or expanding existing capabilities.

  • Automate your security whenever possible and measure success using metrics from sources other than the solution or process in question.