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Post-Breach Carnage: Worst Ways The Axe Fell in 2017

Executive firings, stock drops, and class action settlements galore, this year was a study in real-world repercussions for cybersecurity lapses.
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The days of pretending that data breaches don't matter to the business or to executive job security are quickly drawing to a close. This past year has shown how real the implications can be for business viability, for the job prospects of top brass in charge when lapses occur, and even for the personal finances of CEOs when the fecal matter hits the fan.

Read on for some of the worst:

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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