There was a time where dozens of stolen passwords or digital credentials would send paralyzing fear into the hearts of IT Security professionals as they, better than most, understand that it only takes just one to access sensitive data and extort millions.
Unfortunately, recent headlines announcing 500 million and now even 773 million credentials stolen signal a new level of “normal on the war against cybercriminals. It means that attacks are even more frequent than we realize. The two largest data breaches of the past decade alone resulted in over half a billion compromised user records, a statistic that should frighten any IT professional. And the problem is getting worse. Of the top 14 largest data breaches, only one – Heartland Payment Systems’ 2008 data breach – happened before 2010.