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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Data Breaches Reach Record High

The Identity Theft Resource Center reports data breaches in 2008 have already exceeded the record breaches of 2007.  First, the bad news: Data breaches continue unabated at U.S. corporations, governments and universities, already surpassing last year’s record 446 breaches, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.  Through the end of September, the total number of data breaches recorded by the ITRC was 516, averaging 57 breaches a month.

According to the ITRC, subcontractor breaches, which affect multiple businesses, are listed as a single event.

As for the number of individuals affected by the breaches, it’s anyone’s guess.

Colleges and universities, on the other hand, are on pace to reduce breaches for the third consecutive year after accounting for 28 percent in 2006 and 24.8 percent in 2007.

Mobile data losses through laptops, thumbscrew drives and PDAs have accounted for the largest number of breaches both in 2008 (20.3 percent) and 2007 (27.8 percent).

Posted on 10/07