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Recent Data Breaches in the News

6 eye-raising third-party breaches

August 10, 2018 | DARK Reading

This year's headlines have featured a number of high-profile exposures caused by third parties working on behalf of major brands.

‘Big Red Flag’: automakers’ trade secrets exposed in data leak

July 20, 2018 | New York Times

Automakers like Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen go to great lengths to keep their technical information confidential. Details about assembly line machinery and proprietary robotics are among the industry’s most closely guarded trade secrets. But the inadvertent exposure of customers’ data illustrates a problem confounding businesses: Some of their biggest security risks come from their suppliers and contractors.

Combat third-party risk with the right cyber posture

July 11, 2018 | Forbes

Although there seems to be significant awareness of third-party risk, with 60% of respondents in a recent NTT Security report pointing to third parties as the weakest security link in their organizations, most companies simply aren’t doing enough to assess or mitigate that risk.

Best Buy hit by [24]7.ai data breach, too

April 5, 2018 | CNET

BestBuy says it was affected by the [24]7.ai breach, due to its use of an online customer service software during a 15-day period when that third party firm's online chat tool was infected with malware.

Delta, Sears Breaches blamed on malware attack against a third-party chat service

April 5, 2018 | threat post

Security researchers are pinning a recent data breach – that potentially exposed the credit card information of hundreds of thousands of Delta Air Lines and Sears Holdings customers – on weak third-party security policies.

Understanding Third-Party Risk

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56% of organizations have experienced a data breach due to a third party.