A new report from the Digital Forensics Association confirms the need for organizations to pay careful attention to all aspects of information security.The report “The Leaking Vault – Five Years of Data Breaches” analyzes over 2,800 data loss incidents from publicly accessible sources, with a known disclosure of 271.9 million records. This study—the largest of its kind to date—provides analysis on which breach vectors carry the most risk, and should help provide organizations with more accurate information when combating this problem.
Key findings include:
- Business, government, educational and medical organizations have been responsible for losing on average over 395,000 people’s data per day every day for five years.
- Hacking was responsible for 45% of all exposed records with an average loss of 716,000 records
- Stolen laptops were responsible for 49% of breaches but only 6% of lost records per incident.
- The fastest growing attack vector is social engineering
- Social Security Numbers (SSNs) are the most frequent data element reported.
- The Business sector accounted for 70% of breach incidents