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Billions of records hacked in 2020, up 171 percent

March 29, 2021
A Canalys report found that 31 billion data records were compromised in 2020, up by 171% from the previous year and making up more than 50% of the 55 billion data records compromised since 2005, according to ZDNet. The report also stated a 60% increase in ransomware incidents, compared to 2019. "Prioritize cybersecurity and invest in broadening protection, detection and response measures or face disaster," Matthew Ball, chief analyst at Canalys, warned. Researchers cite a link between the increase in cybersecurity incidents and the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced companies worldwide to go digital, even without sufficient knowledge about new security requirements. "These measures were often at the expense of cybersecurity and bypassed longstanding corporate policies, leaving many exposed to exploitation by highly organized and sophisticated threat actors, as well as other more opportunistic hackers. For many, cybersecurity was an afterthought, as they had to focus primarily on staying in business," the report indicated.
Jill Aitoro

SC Media Editor in Chief Jill Aitoro has 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy. She also serves as editorial director at SC Media’s parent company, CyberRisk Alliance. Prior to joining CRA, she worked at Sightline Media as editor of Defense News and executive editor of the Business-to-Government Group. She previously worked at Washington Business Journal and Nextgov, covering federal technology, contracting and policy, as well as CMP Media’s VARBusiness and CRN and Penton Media’s iSeries News.

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