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Bob Sullivan on Data Breaches: "Not every incident has to be so existentially threatening"

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Marriott International – which revealed last year, just after it acquired the Starwood hotel chain, that some 500 million guests accounts created in its SPG membership database had been compromised – is, unfortunately, in good company. Hacks have rattled Sony, Yahoo, Equifax, Target and other major corporations, as well as the Democratic Party, the CIA and the NSA.


That brick-and-mortar companies get hacked may not be surprising. But do digital natives – companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo or Apple – have any leg up on the legacy firms?


Bob Sullivan, a noted author and broadcaster on cybersecurity and consumer fraud, is the host of the popular Breach podcast which focused its highly successful first season on the details of the 2013 Yahoo data breach and is now exploring the Equifax hack of 2017.

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