Laptop Thefts Continue to Cause Data Breaches in 2014

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 7/31/2014

Martyn Williams of IT World recently decided to dig into the biggest data breaches of 2014, showing that data breaches are still being attributed to lax security and mistakes, not just to targeted cyberattacks.

In the last year, a lot of focus has been made on hacktivism and cyberwarfare and the sophistication and frequency of cyberattacks. As a result, many organizations have focused on preventing cyber attacks, while endpoint security continues to be an equal issue in causing data breaches.

According to the analysis of data breaches in 2014, based on the 395 data breaches reported to regulators / the media thus far, there has been a 21% increase in the number of data breaches over the same period as last year. In many cases, employee errors or poor security practices were to blame. For example, Sutherland Healthcare Solutions had 8 laptops stolen in February, resulting in a breach affecting nearly 400,000. In some of the breaches in 2014, stolen laptops had no protection other than a login password. 

Securing laptops and other endpoint devices doesn’t need to be costly or difficult. Thankfully, Absolute Computrace and Absolute Manage offer leading solutions to secure and manage all endpoint devices, including laptops, tablets and mobile devices. With Absolute Computrace in place, you can be notified if a device is potentially at risk, giving you time to assess the situation, remotely delete information or lock down the device. Such capabilities allow you to remain compliant and avoid costly data breach notification requirements. Learn more here.

Interested in learning more about how data breaches could impact your business? Don’t forget to mark down our upcoming webinar “Data Breaches - Don’t Be A Headline,” takes place on July 22, 2014 at 11am PDT or our follow-up AMA session on July 24th at 10am PDT. 

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