RICHMOND, Va.—2019 is on track to be the worst year ever for data breaches, a new report reveals.
The number of data breaches resulting in exposed records is up by 54% year over year in the first half of 2019, and the number of records exposed in those breaches is up by 52%, according to Risk Based Security.
More than 3,800 data breaches were reported in the first six months of this year, and just eight of those exposed more than 3.2 billion records, nearly 80% of all records exposed so far in 2019, noted USA Today in its analysis.
The business sector was responsible for nearly 85% of the exposed records and two-thirds of the reported breaches.
In the first three months of 2019, some 1.9 billion records were exposed in 1,903 recorded data breaches, implying that 1.4 billion records were exposed in the second quarter. There were three breaches in the first quarter and five in the second that resulted in the exposure of 100 million or more records each, according to Risk Based Security.