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In the past 18 months, there has been a steady procession of stories about top U.S. companies that have suffered major network intrusions. The companies come from a diverse cross-section of the economy, including the technology, telecommunications, finance, retail, energy and health care sectors. Some have entered into multi-million dollar settlements with consumers, some have paid hefty regulatory fines and some are embroiled in costly litigation. And the costs associated with such intrusions continue to rise.