U.S. Data Breaches Hit All-Time High

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  • The number of reported U.S. data breaches hit an all-time high in 2016, thanks in part to new CEO phishing hacks that send phony emails to employees requesting sensitive business data
  • There were a total of 1,093 breaches occurred last year
  • This is a record-high and represents a 40% hike in the number of incidents over the previous period
  • “With the click of a mouse by a naïve employee, companies can lose control over their customer, employee, and business data”
  • Business and health-care sectors continue to see steady rises in the number of incidents over the past decade, now representing almost 80% of total incidents
  • Education, government, and banking sector make up the remaining 20%
  • Full report is attached below.


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Via CFO.com Research from the Identity Theft Resource Center and data-security provider CyberScout scoured federal and state government records from 2016.