"Data Breaches Increase 40 Percent in 2016, Finds New Report from Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout    

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, according to a new report released today by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout (formerly IDT911). This represents a substantial hike of 40 percent over the near record high of 780 reported in 2015. This raises the question: are there actually more breaches or is it because more states are making this information publicly available?"

"Hacking/skimming/phishing attacks were the leading cause of data breach incidents, accounting for 55.5 percent of the overall number of breaches, which is an increase of 17.7 percent over 2015 figures.  Breaches involving accidental email/internet exposure of information was the second most common type of breach incident at 9.2 percent of the overall number of breaches followed by employee error1 at 8.7 percent."



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