Reported Breaches In The First 9 Months Of 2018 Exposed 3.6 Billion Records

There have been 3,676 publicly disclosed data compromise events through September 30. Breach activity continues at a consistent pace for 2018, which although significant in level, will likely not reach the numbers we saw in 2017, according to the 2018 Q3 Data Breach QuickView report by Risk Based Security. “The number of reported breaches shows some improvement compared to 2017 and the number of records exposed has dropped dramatically,” said Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President for Risk Based Security. “However, an improvement from 2017 is only part of the story, since 2018 is on track to have the second most reported breaches and the third most records exposed since 2005. Despite the decrease from 2017, the overall trend continues to be more breaches and more mega breaches impacting tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of records at once.”

Corin Imai, Senior Security Advisor at DomainTools:

“These statistics reflect the changing nature of the cybersecurity industry, and an increase in the size and diversity of the threats we’re seeing. While all breaches are concerning, the fact that more breaches are being disclosed is a positive step forward for the growth and transparency of the industry. This increase in breach disclosure and increase in cyber-education amongst employees, shifts our focus to protecting PII and building programs to support that shift.”

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