In pictures: 12 biggest data breaches of the last 12 months

Many companies have felt the effects of data theft over the last several years. It's 2014 and it doesn't look like the going is getting any easier. The technology sector seems most at risk with every week bringing the world another reported data breach. Here we look at the largest breaches in the last year.

A Look Back at Recent Data Breaches Recent security breaches prove that regardless of the technology you have in place, if you are targeted by cyber-attackers -- whether through social engineering, a phishing attack or an employee opening a malicious file on the company network -- they will penetrate your defenses and steal whatever data they choose. Smart organizations are evolving their approach from a perimeter defense to a more a multi-layered, risk-based security approach, but in the meantime it seems as if most organizations are vulnerable.

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