Security Slideshow: Insider Security Breaches Increase

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 06-26-2009

Insider Security Breaches Increase

Total Breach Numbers Down

The good news: year-over-year reports of data breaches have decreased in number of incidents and number of breached records

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Total Breach Numbers Down

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2009: 250 incidents with 12.2 million records breached

Jan. 1-Jun. 15, 2008: 342 incidents with 16.8 million records breached

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Malicious Attacks Up

The bad news: that the percentage of malicious attacks on databases is at its highest since ITRC started reporting in 2005, making up 36% of all breaches so far this year.

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Malicious Attacks Up

Insider Theft Percentages

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2009: 18.4 %

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2008: 15%

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2007: 6%

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Malicious Attacks Up

Hacking Percentages

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2009: 18%

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2008: 11.7%

Jan. 1-Jun. 15 2009: 14.1%

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Data Unencrypted and Unlocked

So far in 2009, only 0.4% of all breaches occurred on devices with encryption or similar data protection measures in place.

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Data Unencrypted and Unlocked

Similarly, only 7.2% of breaches reported this year have occurred on systems with data password protection.

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Low-Tech Paper Breaches Up

IT isn't the only organization to blame-more than 25% of breaches this year occurred due to exposed paper documents.

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Breaches by Sector

Even though Medical and Healthcare breaches only made up 13.2% of incidents, they accounted for 70.7% of exposed records.

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Breaches by Sector

Government and military agencies were the second-biggest exposure vehicles, making up 18.4% of incidents and 23.9% of exposed records.

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Breaches by Sector

Other Sectors:

Financial companies experienced 12.4% of incidents but only exposed 0.2% of records.

General businesses made up 41.6% of incidents and exposed just 2.1% of records.

Educational organizations experienced 14.4% of breaches and exposed 3% of records.

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