The 10 Largest Data Security Breaches Of 2018 (So Far)

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Data Doldrums

Information management is extremely important to both employees and consumers since unauthorized exposure of that data could potentially lead to identity theft.

Although the information exposed can vary and the data can be lost due to everything from insider threats to hacking to employee negligence, all data breaches contain personal identifying information in a format that can be read easily by thieves.

Nearly 182 million records were exposed in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2018, according to information compiled by the Identity Theft Resource Center as well as other sources.

Five of the six largest breaches impacted private sector enterprises, with two breaches hitting government agencies, one breach affecting a financial services player, one impacting a health-care organization, and one striking an educational institution.

Read on to learn how the 2018 biggest data breaches of 2018 (so far) transpired.  

(For more on the biggest news of 2018, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")