Visualizing The World’s Biggest Data Breaches


By: Drew McManus

In: Legal, Web Tech

If you’re an arts administrator or board member, it can be all too easy to read about data breaches in mainstream media then let it fade into out-of-sight, out-of-mind and secretly hope that your organization never has to be listed in one of those stories. Nonetheless, hope isn’t legal tender in the land of responsibility so to help illustrate just how much of an issue data breaches have become, swing over to this sobering, yet gorgeously rendered, interactive infographic from Information is Beautiful that details the major breaches since 2004.

World's Biggest Data Breaches
Visit the World’s Biggest Data Breaches interactive infographic from Information is Beautiful.

[box]TIP: mobile device users may prefer the static image version.[/box]

Fortunately, you and your organization don’t need to be afraid of this 800-lb. Gorilla and one of the key steps toward dealing with what will almost certainly become an increasing risk is to establish a data security breach policy.

To that end, I published an article on this very topic on 12/18/2014 at with the 30k foot overview plus detailed resources you can use to get a policy in place alongside establishing measures you should consider for containing and analyzing a breach along with steps for notifying law enforcement and affected individuals.

[ilink url=”” icon=””]READ: Do You Have A Data Security Breach Policy Yet? (Spoiler: You Should)[/ilink]


Bonus Resource:  Curious about whether you were caught up in any of these data breeches? Then you need to visit ‘;–have i been pwned? where you can check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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