Data breaches on record pace for 2015

by: Roy Urrico

Data breaches in 2015 are on pace to break records both in the number of breaches and records exposed, the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center said.

In 2014, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked by ITRC hit a record high of 783, with 85,611,528 confirmed records exposed. So far this year, as of June 30, the number of breaches captured on the ITRC report totaled 400 data incidents, one more than on June 30, 2014. Additionally, 117,576,693 records had been confirmed to be at risk.

That is significant given the finding of IBM Cost of Data Breach Study conducted by Ponemon Institute, which reported the cost incurred for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive averaged $154.

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