Aggressive growth through a string of acquisitions might have been a big factor in the data breach disclosed last month by Equifax Corp.

After former General Electric executive Richard Smith became Equifax’s chief executive officer in 2005, he quickly embarked on a plan to rev up growth.

This included 14 acquisitions that have been completed since 2009 — including that of employment data provider Talx Corp. in 2007.

Source: Mortgage Daily