Report: Data Breaches During the First Half of 2017

November 7, 2017 0 News & Blogs

Data breaches are on the rise — in fact there were more breaches reported in the first half of 2017 than there were in all of 2016 according to a recent report written by the Threat Intelligence Team. We captured some of the key data points to create an infographic. Keep in mind that these numbers do not include last month’s Equifax and SEC breach announcements, or Yahoo’s revised report of its 2013 exposure.

  • 1.9 billion data records were compromised globally as a result of data breaches
  • Compromised records increased 164% from 2016
  • 74% of data breaches were committed by “Malicious outsiders”
  • 74% of all data breaches were identity theft “type” breaches
  • The number of “identity theft incidents” that were hacked increased by 255% from 2016
  • North America suffered most of the breaches and compromised records, at above 86%.

Less than 1% of the compromised data was encrypted, a tactic that would have rendered the information useless to hackers. Most industries had more than a 100% increase in the amount of lost, stolen, or compromised records, and two-thirds of firms who suffered a breach also reported that their share prices were also negatively-impacted.

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data breach infographic