A data breach occurs when information is removed or stolen from a system without the owner’s knowledge or authority. A data breach can happen to a small business or a significant corporation. The consequences of a data breach might include damage to the target company’s reputation due to a perceived “betrayal of trust.” If linked documents are part of the information stolen, victims and their customers may face financial consequences.
Hacking or malware attacks are responsible for the majority of data breaches. Breach methods that are regularly noticed include the following: