Data Breach Statistics

Data Records Lost or Stolen Since 2013

9,053,156,308

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

Data records are lost or stolen at the following FREQUENCY

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ABOUT THE BREACH LEVEL INDEX

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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RECENT DATA BREACHES

POOR INTERNAL SECURITY PRACTICES TAKE A TOLL IN FIRST HALF OF 2017

If you’re a voter in the U.S., a user of the department of motor vehicles department in India, a recipient of spam marketing content, or a patient in Britain, it’s very likely that you had your personal data stolen within the past six months. That’s because some of the biggest data breaches during the period were against organizations that serve those user groups.

And if you’re looking for signs that data breaches are easing off and security executives can breathe a sigh of relief, hold your breath. The first half of 2017 had its share of major breaches, and the numbers are not encouraging when compared with previous data, according to a comprehensive analysis of security breaches conducted by Gemalto through data collected in its Breach Level Index (BLI).
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Data Records Stolen or Lost by Industry

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CyberVor records not included as affected industries are unknown.

Industry Breach Details

Healthcare was the hardest hit sector in 2017 so far in terms of the number breaches, although the number of records impacted was relatively small-but still up significantly from the previous six months. The industry experienced 228 breaches (25% of the total), similar to the previous six months. Some 31 million records were stolen, accounting for 2% of the total and up 423% from just 6 million. Always a popular target for cyber criminals, the financial services industry suffered 125 data breaches, 14% of the total and up 29% from the previous six months. Finance companies saw just 5 million records stolen, accounting for less than 1% of the total. Data breaches in various other industries totaled 53, up 13% and accounting for 6% of the total. The number of records involved in these attacks was a staggering 1.34 billion (71% of the total) and significantly up from 14 million.

View First Half Report PDF

A GEOGRAPHIC VIEW

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Date Range: 2013 - Present

World Map
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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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