Last year was a year filled with security gaffes, data breaches, and hacks—many of which were felt country and even nationwide. Well-known organizations such as Yahoo, the NSA, and the IRS each had to deal with their own security breaches that found millions of user accounts compromised or exposed to malicious third parties. Everything from login details to personally identifiable information (PII) was released or obtained by hackers in 2016; but the attacks didn’t stop with just looted data.
Larger attacks occurred during Q3 and Q4, seeming to serve only a single purpose: disruption. There were also breaches revealed in 2016 that actually occurred years prior (much to the public’s dismay), which indicates that not only were many of these companies not capable of detecting the breach, but that they also most likely didn’t have any kind of recovery plan in place to handle the aftermath of being compromised.
While ‘blunder’ might seem like a harsh word for victims of a hack, the majority of companies could have done a lot more to mitigate the damage of their respective breaches. A noticeable percentage of the affected groups also didn’t immediately come forward about the hacks, which also constitutes a blunder, albeit a legal and PR related one.
The following summaries highlight five of the most prolific IT blunders to go down in 2016.