2.3 billion files exposed on misconfigured storage, research shows

Digital Shadows research has shown the number of files exposed has reached 2.3 billion, a 50 percent increase over last year.

According to the research, data exposure is caused by misconfiguration of file storage technologies—Server Message Block protocol, FTP services, rsync, Amazon S3 ‘buckets’ and Network Attached Storage devices.

While not all of the data is sensitive, some of the files include sensitive information. The files contain both customer information as well as business information.

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