5,183 breaches from the first nine months of 2019 exposed 7.9 billion records
According to a report released by Risk Based Security, Q3 2019 saw a 33.3% increase in security breaches when compared to Q3 of 2018. 5,183 breaches have been reported in 2019 so far. Risk Based Security claims that 2019 has been the worst year in terms of data privacy breaches, and states that the number of 2019 breaches (7.9 billion records) has surpassed the 2017 year-end total. With well over a month left in 2019, Risk Based Security predicts that the year total will reach as high as 8.5 billion.
The report states that industries that experienced the most breaches include the economic sector, medical services, retailers, and public entities. Due to misconfigured databases and poor cybersecurity standards, over 6 billion records have been made freely accessible. As data predicts no signs of breaches slowing, businesses should focus not only on preventing attacks but minimizing the effect of one.