Happy New Year!

According to the Identity Theft Research Center (ITRC), in the United States there were 780 publicized data breaches in 2015 that exposed 177,866,236 records. That doesn’t include undetected breaches or those that targeted intellectual property instead of personal data.

Here in Canada we don’t know how many breaches occurred and what the practical impact of the breach notification requirements in the Digital Privacy Act will be.

The one thing we do know for certain is that the ITRC numbers represent the tip of the iceberg. This week, in my column for IT in Canada, I’ll discuss five things ever business should do to reduce the likelihood of a breach.