Breaches and Compromises Stepped Up in Q1 and Q2

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-16-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Breaches and Compromises Stepped Up in Q1 and Q2

    There were 918 data breaches in early 2017, up 30% from the previous half a year, and as a result 1.9 billion records were compromised, a 164% increase.
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    Malicious Outsiders, Accidental Loss

    Malicious outsiders were the leading source of data breaches, but accidental loss was the biggest source of lost or stolen records. Identity theft was once again the most common type of breach.
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    More Records Stolen or Lost

    1.9 billion data records were lost or stolen during the first half of 2017, compared to 721 million during the prior six months—a 164% increase.
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    Frequency of Records Breached

    Every day during the first half of 2017, 10,507,550 data records were breached. That means 437,815 records were breached every hour, 7,297 every minute and 122 every second.
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    Number Of Breaches

    During the first half of 2017, there were 22 breaches in which more than 1 million records were compromised, stolen or lost.
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    Accidental Loss

    The number of breaches involving accidental loss totaled 166, or 18% of all breaches, up 7% from the prior six months.
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    7 - Cascading Effect of Accidental Losses
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    Cascading Effect of Accidental Losses

    These accidental loss attacks resulted in the theft of more than 1.6 billion records, accounting for a stunning 86% of all stolen records.
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    Malicious Outsiders

    Malicious outsiders, the second biggest source of stolen records, were responsible for 679 data breaches, which resulted in the theft of 254 million records, 13% of the total.
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    Top Types of Data Compromised

    • Identity theft: 680 (74%)
    • Financial access: 116 (13%)
    • Account access: 58 (6%)
    • Existential data: 52 (6%)
    • Nuisance: 12 (1%)
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    Healthcare Hardest Hit by Breaches

    Healthcare suffered the most—with 228 breaches—but the number of records stolen (31 million) was just 2% of the total. But that was up 423% from just 6 million records stolen in the previous period.
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    How 4 Other Industries Fared

    • Financial services: 125 breaches, 5 million records stolen
    • Education: 118 breaches, 32 million records impacted
    • Retail: 112 breaches, 4 million records affected
    • Government: 89 breaches, 404 million records exposed
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    Breaches By Region

    • North America: 808 incidents, 88% (U.S. accounted for 781of them)
    • Europe: 49 incidents, 5% (U.K. accounted for 40 of them)
    • Asia/Pacific: 47 incidents, 5%
    • Middle East/Africa: 7 incidents, less than 1%
 

Yet another study shows that organizations are failing to deploy adequate security tools and processes to prevent data breaches, many of which are caused by accidental loss or exposure of data. The report notes that even relatively small numbers of breaches can result in enormous losses of data records. The Gemalto study, "2017 Poor Internal Security Practices Take a Toll," examined the first half of this year. "The first half of 2017 had its share of major breaches, and the numbers are not encouraging when compared with previous data," the report said. "During the first half of 2017, there were 918 data breaches worldwide, compared with 815 in the last six months of 2016. That represents a 30 percent increase." Of those, identity theft accounted for 75 percent of data breaches, an increase of 49 percent compared to the previous six months. The findings are based on data from security firm Gemalto's breach level index (BLI) for the first half of 2017, which tracks data breaches and measures their severity based on multiple dimensions, including the number of records compromised, the type of data, the source of the breach, how the data was used, and whether or not the data was encrypted.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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