Exposed Consumer Data Skyrocketed 126% in 2018
According to a new report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), around 446.5 million sensitive consumer records were exposed in 2018. This is a 126% increase compared to 2017, when the number of exposed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) was about 197.6 million. However, 2018 did see 23% fewer breaches than 2017.
While the business sector experienced most breaches, namely 571 out of the 1,244 total incidents, relatively little data was exposed in these cases. Breaches occurring in the health care sector (there were 363 such incidents) accounted for most exposed records per incident.