12016 Was a Record Year for Breaches, Gemalto Reports
More data records were breached in 2016 than in 2015, according to the latest edition of the Gemalto Breach Level Index. The new index data for 2016, which was released on March 28, reported that approximately 1.4 billion records were compromised in 2016, an 86 percent year-over-year increase. Breaches can take different forms, but in 2016, the leading type of data breach was identity theft at 59 percent of data breaches. In terms of who is responsible for all those data breaches, Gemalto’s report found that malicious outsiders were the top cause at 68 percent, marking a dramatic increase over 2015 when malicious outsiders were only responsible for 15 percent of data breaches. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at some of the highlights from the Gemalto 2016 Breach Level Index.
2Few Data Breaches Involve Encrypted Records
3A Record Year for Data Breaches
4Malicious Outsiders Are the Top Attackers
5State-Sponsored Breaches Not a Leading Attack
6Identity Theft Is Top Type of Data Breach
7Governments Lost More Data Records in 2016
8Adult FriendFinder Breach Had the Highest Risk
Of all the breaches in the Gemalto report, the Adult FriendFinder breach was ranked as having the highest risk. In that breach, 412 million data records were stolen.