Which sectors suffer the most identity breaches?

May 20, 2013

Data breaches by sector
Source: Symantec

Data breaches in the global health care, education and government sectors accounted for 65 percent of all identities breached in 2012, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.

Although most of the data breaches were the result of attacks by outsiders, the company suggests that many incidents -- lost laptops and thumb drives or employee errors or thefts -- go unreported, especially in the private sector, which often has less stringent incident-reporting requirements. 

Symantec also reported that in 2012 the overall number of data breaches decreased and the average number of identities stolen was down, compared with 2011, which saw massive breaches by Anonymous and LulzSec. But the median number of identities stolen per breach in 2012 increased 3.5 times.

Reader Comments

Fri, Aug 23, 2013 Cowboy Joe

Might be more interesting to see this relative to the size of the sector's IT footprint.

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