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The number of data breaches reported in 2015 was 781, two short of the 783 breaches reported in 2014, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). As of early February 2016, 69 breaches have already been reported for the year. A report by Verizon predicts that the number of data breaches in 2016 will break new records and the level of severity will be even higher profile than seen previously.
Barry Kouns, CEO of Risk Based Security, said that “when you analyze the data breach activity in 2015 it’s hard to find any areas of improvement. Forty-six data breaches in 2015 exceeded one million exposed records, and that is a 24% increase over 2014.”
Among all industries, the medical/healthcare industry is suffering from the largest number of breaches. The number of healthcare-related breaches is up nearly 35 percent so far this year and the number of healthcare records exposed is almost 80 percent of all exposed records. A report by Bitglass found that more than 111 million people were victims of healthcare breaches in 2015.
Among healthcare breaches, 98 percent of leaks occurred from high-profile large-scale breaches, like Premera Blue Cross which affected 11 million customers and the breach at Anthem where 78.8 million records were affected.