It seems like data breaches are happening every day and that is because they are. Breach Level Index tracks publically disclosed breaches every year. Their results for the year 2014 created a nickname, “The Year of the Data Breach” due to large-scale cyber-attacks that resulted in record-braking breaches of enterprises, customer and employee data.
The year 2015 has been nicknamed “The Year Data Breaches Became Personal”. Why you ask? Here are some of their key findings:
- 707,509,815 records breaches in 2015
- 1,938,383 records breached every day in 2015
- 1,673 breach incidents in 2015
- 46 breaches had over 1 million records affected
- 47% of breaches have an unknown number of records that were breached
But most importantly, of all the data breaches in 2015, personal information and identities accounted for 53% of data breaches and 40% of all the breached records. Cybercriminals have learned that this type of information is more valuable than a credit card number. This was predominantly in some of the large breaches where personal information was center stage including the U.S Office of Personnel Management, Anthem Insurance and Experian.
Protect Your Data
As data breaches continue to rise, take the following precautions to help protect your information and avoid damages.
- Make sure all your information if up to date in your PrivacyArmor® online account.
- Activate features within PrivacyArmor such as CreditArmor®, SocialArmorTM and Solicitation Reduction.
- Use strong and unique passwords for your online accounts.
- Use secure network connections and only connect to websites that have “https” in the URL.
- Check your bank statements regularly.