Our Work Here ISN’T Done: 2016 Cyber Breaches Up 15% over 2015

The latest data breach count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 725 data breaches recorded this year through October 4, 2016, and that more than 29 million records have been exposed since the beginning of the year. The total number of reported breaches increased by 13 since ITRC’s last report on September 27. The number of breaches in 2015 totaled 781, just two shy of the record 783 breaches that ITRC tracked in 2014. The 725 data breaches reported so far for 2016 are more than 16% above the number reported (623) for the same period last year. A total of more than 169 million records were exposed in 2015.

Here’s a rundown of the latest ITRC report:

  • The medical/health care sector leads all sectors in the number of records compromised to date in 2016. The sector has posted 36.6% (265) of all data breaches to date this year. The number of records exposed in these breaches totaled nearly 14 million, or about 47.8% of the total so far in 2016.
  • The government/military sector has suffered 54 data breaches so far this year, representing about 42.1% of the total number of records exposed and 7.4% of the incidents. More than 12 million records have been compromised in the government/military sector to date in 2016.
  • The business sector accounts for more than 2.5 million exposed records in 312 incidents. That represents 43% of the incidents and 8.7% of the exposed records.
  • The number of banking/credit/financial breaches totals 26 for the year to date and involves more than 25,000 records, some 3.6% of the total number of breaches and about 0.1% of the records exposed.
  • The educational sector has seen 68 data breaches in 2016. The sector accounts for 9.4% of all breaches for the year and more than 400,000 exposed records, about 1.4% of the total so far this year.

Since beginning to track data breaches in 2005, ITRC had counted 6,535 breaches through October 4, 2016, involving more than 880.5 million records.

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