Every day, we are creating and sharing data at an astounding rate. With each email, text, tweet, tap and stream, more data is available for companies to collect and use, and without sufficient protections, for hackers to exploit.
The collective sum of global data is predicted to grow from 33 zettabytes (33 trillion gigabytes) in 2018 to 175 zettabytes in 2025, according to a report from IDC and Seagate. As the vast amount of consumer data continues to grow each year, so does the prevalence of data breaches. Research from the Identity Theft Resource Center indicates that the number of reported U.S. data breaches in 2019 rose 17% from the previous year.