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United States : 375 Million Customer Data Records Compromised in 2014 - Retail Industry Hit Hardest

July 31, 2014



SafeNet, Inc ., a global leader in data protection solutions, today released the highlights from its SafeNet Breach Level Index (BLI) for the second quarter of 2014. Between April and June of this year, there were a total of 237 breaches that compromised more than 175 million customer records of personal and financial information worldwide. For the first half of 2014, more than 375 million customer records were stolen or lost as a result of 559 breaches worldwide. The retail industry had more data records compromised than any other industry during the second quarter, with more than 145 million records stolen or lost, or 83 percent of all data records breached. Less than one percent of all 237 breaches during the second quarter were secure breaches where strong encryption or authentication solutions protected the data from being used.

SafeNet also announced the results of a global survey of more than 4,500 adult consumers in which nearly 40 percent of respondents said they would never, or were very unlikely to, shop or do business again with a company that had experienced a data breach. This sentiment increased to 65 percent if the data breach involved customers financial and sensitive information.

The Breach Level Index provides details about hundreds of individual data breaches, which can be sorted by source, industry, risk level, and date. Highlights from the second quarter include: In each of the last four consecutive quarters, there has been one major data breach in which more than 100 million records were exposed.

175,655,228 records were stolen in the second quarter. This equates to 1,951,724 records stolen per day; 81,321 stolen per hour; and 1,355 records stolen every minute.

Malicious outsiders are targeting businesses most critical records. They are responsible for compromising 99 percent of the records and 56 percent of the incidents this quarter, more than any other source.

Healthcare incurred 23 percent of incidents, more than any other industry, but only accounted for 782,732 records lost or less than 1 percent of all records stolen during the quarter.

Identity theft was the leading cause of breaches with 58 percent of all incidents and 88 percent of records stolen.

Encryption was used in only 10 of the 237 reported data breach incidents. Of those, only two could be classified as secure breaches in which encryption restricted the access of stolen data.

The U.S. accounted for 85 percent of records compromised worldwide and 74 percent of all reported incidents, more than any other country. Germany followed with 10 percent of all records stolen.

Even amidst continued warnings about data security, the breach epidemic is trending in the wrong direction. 2014 has proven to be more of the same, with 375 million customer records stolen in the first six months alone," said Tsion Gonen, chief strategy officer, SafeNet.


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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