Data Breach Trends In 2019
More than 1,900 breaches were reported through March 31 of this year, exposing approximately 1.9 billion records, according to the Data Breach QuickView Report.
Other key findings include:
- Compared to quarter one of 2018, the number of reported breaches was up 56.4 percent and the number of exposed records was up 28.9 percent from 1.4 billion.
- Of the breached organizations that could be definitively classified, the Business sector accounted for 71.1 percent of reported breaches, followed by Medical (13.6 percent), Government (7.8 percent) and Education (6.8 percent).
- Already in 2019, there have been three breaches exposing 100 million or more records. Despite this, only one new breach was added to the top twenty largest breaches of all time.
- The Business sector accounted for 85.6 percent of the records exposed followed by Unclassified at 12.6 percent and Medical at 1.5 percent. The Governmental and Education sectors combined accounted for 5.8 million records exposed in quarter one, or less than 0.03 percent of the total records exposed.
- Web continued its reign in the top spot for the breach type exposing the most records, accounting for 67.6 percent of compromised records, while hacking remained firmly as the top breach type for number of incidents, accounting for 84.8 percent of reported breaches.
- 14.7 percent of breached organizations were unwilling or unable to disclose the number of records exposed.