February 10, 2020 • RBS

Categories: Reports, Security News

Today, we released our 2019 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report, which finds that the total number of records exposed increased by 284% compared to 2018.

Security MagazineMore than 15.1 Billion Records Exposed in 2019
Dark ReadingThird-Party Breaches – and the Number of Records Exposed – Increased Sharply in 2019

In total, there were over 15.1 billion records exposed shattering industry projections. There were 7,098 breaches reported in 2019, a 1% increase on 2018, though the gap is anticipated to grow throughout Q1 2020 as more 2019 incidents come to light.

“2019 was a rough year for breach activity, with reported breaches reaching an all-time high. As ghastly as those numbers are, there is much more to the story of 2019.”

Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President, Risk Based Security

2019 has lived up to its reputation for being the “worst year on record” for breach activity with more breaches reported, more data exposed, and more credentials being dumped online. Since the release of our Q3 report three months ago, 7.2 billion records were compromised, with only four events accounting for 93.5% of those records.

The cause? Open and misconfigured databases that were publicly accessible to anyone motivated to seek them out.

“The interest in finding these rich sources of information shows little sign of abating. Thanks to the combination of low risk detection and low barrier of entry into this type of activity, we anticipate open, unsecured data will continue to be an issue well into the new decade.”

Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President, Risk Based Security

The 2019 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report covers the data breaches reported between January 1st and December 31st, 2019. Key findings state that by NAICS economic sector, technology providers pushed the Information sector to the top spot for number of breaches, followed by the Healthcare sector. Looking further into the data breach landscape, hacking remains the top breach type for number of incidents and exposed the most records this year.

Get your copy of the 2019 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report

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Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President, Risk Based Security
2:00-2:45pm EST on Tuesday, February 11th hosted on BrightTALK

In this webinar, Inga Goddijn presents findings from the new 2019 Year End QuickView report, breaking down what we’ve learned and what it means for 2020. Don’t miss this!

About the QuickView Report and Cyber Risk Analytics

The quarterly Data Breach QuickView report is a service of Cyber Risk Analytics (CRA), which provides actionable threat intelligence about organizations that have had a data breach or leaked credentials. This enables organizations to reduce exposure to the threats most likely to impact them and their vendor base.

In addition, our PreBreach vendor risk ratings, the result of a deep-view into the metrics driving cyber exposures, are used to better understand the digital hygiene of an organization and the likelihood of a future data breach.

The integration of PreBreach ratings into security processes, vendor management programs, cyber insurance processes and risk management tools allows organizations to avoid costly risk assessments, while enabling businesses to understand their risk posture, and to act quickly and appropriately to proactively protect their most critical information assets.

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