More than 6 billion records were exposed as a result of the 2,227 data breaches that were reported in the first six months of 2017, according to a new report from Risk Based Security.
The number of publicly disclosed data compromise events through June 30 remained in line with the number of breaches disclosed mid-way through 2015 and 2016, but the total number of records exposed surpassed 2016’s year-end high mark.
The top 10 data breaches exposed 5.6 billion of the 6 billion records compromised, and had an average severity score of 9.82 out of 10.0, Risk Based Security’s report (PDF) reveals.
19 MAY 2017
Over a quarter of UK adults have boycotted companies that mishandled their data, according to new RSA research highlighting plummeting levels of consumer trust as the volume of high profile data breaches rises.
The Dell-owned security firm polled over 2000 UK consumers recently to find out more about their attitudes to the rising tide of breach incidents sweeping the globe and upcoming regulations from Europe.
The findings should represent a wake-up call for many organizations, not least the fact that 28% of consumers have left companies which mishandled their data in favor of more secure rivals.
That stat echoes the findings of a Centrify study earlier this week which revealed that 27% of customers had discontinued their relationship with a company following a breach.
A third (34%) of those polled by RSA claimed to have lost faith in the ability of firms to look after their data, but continue to use them anyway – suggesting they feel powerless to change anything – and over half (57%) said they have no idea how many times their data has been lost.
Read more: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/rsa-quarter-of-uk-consumers/
The number of data records breached soared in 2016 over the previous year, with the technology sector facing the brunt of the attacks.
Cybercriminals infiltrated some 1.4 billion data records last year – a whopping 86% increase over the previous year, according to a new report released today by digital security firm Gemalto.
This bounty of information was snagged in 1,792 incidents worldwide, which yielded a larger haul with fewer attempts, according to the report. The number of data record breaches fell 4% in 2016, compared with year-earlier figures.
FCC chair plans to halt security rule and set up vote to kill privacy regime.
The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation of a privacy rule that requires ISPs to protect the security of its customers’ personal information.
The data security rule is part of a broader privacy rulemaking implemented under former Chairman Tom Wheeler but opposed by the FCC’s new Republican majority. The privacy order’s data security obligations are scheduled to take effect on March 2, but Chairman Ajit Pai wants to prevent that from happening.
The data security rule requires ISPs and phone companies to take “reasonable” steps to protect customers’ information—such as Social Security numbers, financial and health information, and Web browsing data—from theft and data breaches.
“Chairman Pai is seeking to act on a request to stay this rule before it takes effect on March 2,” an FCC spokesperson said in a statement to Ars.