Data Breach Statistics

Data Records Lost or Stolen Since 2013



of breaches were “Secure Breaches” where encryption was used and the stolen data was rendered useless.

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Breaches are no longer a binary proposition where an organization either has or hasn’t been breached. Instead they are wildly variable — having varying degrees of fallout — from breaches compromising entire global networks of highly sensitive data to others having little to no impact whatsoever.

The Breach Level Index not only tracks publicly disclosed breaches, but also allows organizations to do their own risk assessment based on a few simple inputs that will calculate their risk score, overall breach severity level, and summarize actions IT can take to reduce the risk score.
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Every year seems to have its own unique trends when it comes to data security breaches, and 2016 was no exception. While significant distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks garnered a lot of attention on the corporate security front, 2016 will also be considered the year when ransomware attacks moved into the mainstream.

According to the BLI, malicious outsiders such as hackers and cyber criminals were by far the leading source of data breaches in 2016. Once again, identity theft was the most common type of breach. Of the industry sectors, healthcare was easily the hardest hit with breaches.
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Data Records Stolen or Lost by Industry

Shows percentage of total records, hover over pie chart for record totals.

CyberVor records not included as affected industries are unknown.

Industry Breach Details

The healthcare industry was the hardest hit during the year in terms of the number of data breaches, accounting for more than one quarter (27.5%) of all breaches. Healthcare organizations experienced 493 breaches, compared with 445 in 2015, for an increase of 10.8%. The public sector experienced the opposite of what the healthcare industry did, with breaches down from the year before and records up. Agencies and other government entities had 269 breaches in 2016, down 9.4% from the previous year and accounting for 15% of the total.

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Date Range: 2013 - Present

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Secure the Breach

This brief video will introduce a new perspective in accepting that a breach will happen; we call this Breach Acceptance. When companies adopt the Secure the Breach mindset, they will fundamentally change the way they protect their organization by securing the real target of attacks -- the data -- rather than securing the vector.
A New Mindset

Breach Risk Calculator

BLI Risk Calculator

How bad might a breach be if it did happen to you? Calculate your own risk score and breach severity using the Breach Level Index. Provide a few inputs as to the number of records that could be affected, and the type and source of breach possibilities. The score is calculated based on these factors, and how the stolen information was used. The point of the scoring system is to demonstrate that not all breaches have the same impact on organizations or the same amount of risk. Use your score to gauge the breach severity and see how to your organization can better prepare for a breach.

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