Experts say increased security could prevent future breaches like the one against Target.

High-profile breaches illustrate need for data protection

Stephen Perkins

If there's a lesson to be learned from a recent string of cyberattacks on major retailers, it's that we can't take for granted that our data is safe and secure.

Target was one of the first major retailers to come out recently and say it had been a victim of a massive data breach. More than 110 million people were reportedly affected in the breach, including 40 million whose credit and debit information was taken and another 70 million whose name and email/personal addresses were recorded. Shortly after the Target attack, Neiman Marcus said it had fallen prey to a similar breach. According to Reuters, there are at least three other companies that were similarly breached but have elected not to make public announcements yet.

In the wake of its breach, Target sent an email to the millions of guests affected by the attack. "Criminals forced their way into our organization and took guest information," Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel wrote in an email to the 70 million people whose names and addresses were taken, before offering all potential victims one year of free credit monitoring.

But many are pointing out that companies need suitable data protection measures just as much as – if not more than – customers. JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon – who's had to deal with the fallout of the Target attack by issuing millions of new credit cards – said the breach points to the need for companies and banks to join forces to implement better data protection.

The importance of data backup
One way to protect data and ensure it's recoverable is to do a data backup online. Businesses in particular are encouraged to take to the cloud for disaster recovery, since it is more cost-effective and also a safer and quicker way to access your data in the event of a crash.

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