Blog

The Climb

We're well into 2011 and 2010 retrospectives are steadily coming out.

We're well into 2011 and 2010 retrospectives are steadily coming out. InfoSecurity published an interesting one, stating that there were 662 reported data breaches in the US this past year: A couple of noteworthy lowlights from the report include breaches affecting two of the ‘Holy Grails’ of personal information: Social Security numbers and credit/debit card details. Sixty-two percent of the reported incidents involved the loss of Social Security data, or 76% of the known records. A further 26% of the breaches involved payment card information, or 29% of the reportedly compromised records. ITRC’s analysis shows that 51% of publicly reported data breaches disclosed the total number of records compromised, coming in at 16.1 million records total. However, this means almost half of all reported data breaches failed to reveal the number of compromised records, a fact the ITRC claims is “another argument for mandatory reporting”. The ITRC’s yearly data breach tally has experienced a bit of a yo-yo effect over the last few years: in 2009 it recorded 498 breaches, 657 in 2008, and 446 in 2007. It'll be interesting to see if the new state and federal laws have any impact on 2011 numbers. The State of Massachusetts is certainly off to a great start in ensuring its data is protected! :-)