Breach, Compliance Management, Data Security, Network Security, Privacy

Research: Over 6,000 data breaches in key industry sectors since 2005

In a rather dubious milestone, the financial services, business, education, government and healthcare industrial sectors have collectively experienced over 6,000 data breaches since 2005 with 57.4 million government and military members' SSNs exposed, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and IDT911.

Actually, it was 6,013, to be exact, according to a joint press release, which also reported that 6.2 million records have been compromised in 2016 alone. Moreover, of the 851 million-plus breached records since 2005, 32.7 percent exposed Social Security numbers (SSNs), while nearly 13 percent compromised credit or debit card data, the release continued.

The report found that the business sector, including the retail, hospitality and transportation industries, is responsible for 35.6 percent of U.S. breaches since 2005. And, since 2007, online hackers have exposed more than 131 million healthcare records.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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