Data breaches in 2018: An overview

Risk Based Security came out with their annual data breach report. Some highlights:

– Compared to 2017, the number of reported breaches was down 3.2% and the number of exposed records was down approximately 35.9% from 7.9 billion.
– The Business sector accounted for 65.8% of the records exposed followed by Unclassified at 31.8% and Government at 2.2%. The Medical and Education sectors combined accounted for 9.9 million records exposed, or less than 0.02% of the total records exposed in the year.
– Web regained the top spot for the breach type exposing the most records, accounting for 3% of compromised records, while
– Hacking remained the top breach type for number of incidents, accounting for 57.1% of reported breaches. 5% of breached organizations were unwilling or unable to disclose the number of records exposed.
– 6,515 breaches were reported through December 31, 2018, exposing approximately 5 billion records.
– the average number of days between discovery and disclosure has gone up from 48.6 in 2017 to 49.6 days in 2018.

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