Is 2015 Poised to be the Year of the Data Breach?

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
March 23, 2015

In the middle of last year, we shared a blog that outlined 7 enterprise security assessment tests for determining network security threats. In that post we shared the Identity Theft Resource Center’s (ITRC) list of security breaches, which detail the numbers of breaches, along with the number of records exposed, by industry category.

As more businesses adopt and evolve their cloud computing strategies for 2015, security remains a top concern. While data breaches don’t all involve the cloud, the numbers from ITRC for the entire 2014 compared to the first three months of 2015 paint a picture that certainly warrants overall concern.

From the 2014 ITRC summary report (year-end)

Total number of breaches and records exposed by category:

  • Financial – 43 breaches, 1,198,492 records exposed
  • Business – 258 breaches, 68,237,914 records exposed
  • Education – 57 breaches, 1,247,812 records exposed
  • Government and Military – 92 breaches, 6,649,319 records exposed
  • Healthcare – 333 breaches, 8,277,991 records exposed

TOTAL for 2014: 783 breaches and 85,611,528 records exposed

Those are some big numbers for 2014! But how do they compare with nearly three months’ worth of data for 2015 under our belt?

From the 2015 ITRC year-to-date report

Total number of breaches and records exposed by category:

  • Financial – 16 breaches, 396,000 records exposed
  • Business – 76 breaches, 74,988 records exposed
  • Education – 15 breaches, 9,208 records exposed
  • Government and Military – 6 breaches, 13,084 records exposed
  • Healthcare – 61 breaches, 99,208,671 records exposed

TOTAL for 2015 year-to-date:     174 breaches, 99,701,951 records exposed

While many of the records exposed this year have come at the heels of the Anthem healthcare data breach, it would seem hackers thus far are going big, or going home. As companies are expanding their cloud computing footprint, larger and deeper data breaches occurring—what are you doing to protect your data?

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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