Data breaches are increasing at higher rates than ever before. Not only are we being targeted more often, the number of records compromised in each breach is on the rise. When comparing year-to-year numbers, January reports show over a 20% increase in records compromised.
The number of data breaches in 2014 involving more than 100 million records increased by 100% when compared to 2013 statistics. The numbers are alarming, and the effects are being felt by small and large businesses around the world.
Recent research revealed over one billion data records were compromised in over 1,500 data breaches occurring in 2014. This is a 78% increase in compromised data records compared to 2013.
Identity thieves are the main culprit behind the attacks. The BLI states that 54% of all data breaches were identity theft related. Not only is identity theft responsible for over 50% of all breaches, it accounts for one third of the breaches ranked as Severe or Catastrophic in the BLI.
Even more alarming, over two-thirds of the 50 highest ranked breaches occurred in 2014.
Retail and financial services continue to be the prime targets for identity thieves and hackers. Over 55% of data records compromised in 2014 were in the retail sector, and the average amount of records compromised in data breaches within the financial sector increased tenfold.
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