What do you call a year that started with one of the biggest data breaches ever, affecting Target, and closed with another big data breach causing significant damage to a Hollywood studio?
What do you call a year that saw a return to the bad old days of scrambling to patch vulnerabilities in widely deployed software that puts nearly everyone at risk?
What do you call a year that saw a four-fold increase in banking malware on the Android platform and the total number of pieces of malware on Android pass four and a quarter million (4.26 million)?
2014. That’s what you call that year.
By any single measure, 2014 was an exceptional(ly bad) year for online security and privacy. From vulnerabilities to data breaches, from Android malware to ransomware 2014 was a year of awful firsts. But 2014 wasn’t a year of any single measure: it was a year of many firsts in many areas.
To quote Queen Elizabeth II, 2014 qualifies as an annus horribilis. Sadly, 2015 shows no significant sign of improving either.
To better understand how difficult a year 2014 was, see our newly released annual report “Magnified Losses, Amplified Need for Cyber-Attack Preparedness.”
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