Over 2.5 billion records stolen or compromised in 2017

Almost 2.6 billion records were stolen, lost or exposed worldwide in 2017, an 88 percent increase over the previous year. Although data breach incidents decreased by 11 percent, 2017 was the first year publicly disclosed breaches surpassed more than two billion compromised data records since Gemalto began its Breach Level Index in 2013. The index shows that over the past five years, nearly 10 billion records have been lost, stolen or exposed, with an average of five million records compromised every day. Of the 1,765 data breach incidents in 2017, identity theft represents the leading type of breach, accounting for… [Continue Reading]