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Posted Apr 17th, 2013 A great way to track (and learn from) data breaches worldwide.

For Securis to keep abreast and ahead of the type of data security challenges that are actually occuring in the real world, we turn to DataLossDB, a crowdsourced global database of data breaches reported by volunteers around the world.  Here’s the site’s official description:

DataLossDB is a research project aimed at documenting known and reported data loss incidents world-wide. The effort is now a community one, and with the move to Open Security Foundation’s, asks for contributions of new incidents and new data for existing incidents. helps Securis understand the various vulnerabilities that exist, particularly during the “end Home Page

of life” stage of corporate and government IT assets.  If you didn’t think this was a real issue (and those who haven’t experienced it sometimes don’t), a glance at will show that there are hundreds of reported data breaches each month, including lost or misplaced IT assets, stolen hard drives and improperly disposed of data storage devices that end up for sale or in the wrong hands…costing enterprises (and this is the best part about the site) hundreds of millions of dollars a year.  That’s right, for each data breach, documents the number of records compromised and the potential exposure in dollars and cents.

Anyone involved in network management and design, data security, IT management, cybersecurity or asset management should register (for free) at


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