The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) “defines a data breach as an incident in which an individual name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included) is potentially put at risk because of exposure.” The ITRC December 31, 2015 Data Breach Reports were significantly higher than 2014 Reports of the 81+ Million people exposed. Here are the categories of breaches and records for 2015:
Banking/Credit/Financial – 71 breaches of 5,063,044 records
Business – 312 breaches of 16,191,017 records
Educational – 58 breaches of 759,600 records
Government/Military – 63 breaches of 34,222,763 records
Medical/Healthcare – 277 breaches of 112,832,082 records
ITRC provides a great service in reporting this information in support of the ITRC’s Mission Statement:
- Provide best-in-class victim assistance at no charge to consumers throughout the United States
- Educate consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation
- Serve as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, social media, fraud, scams and other issues.
Unfortunately the number of data breaches continues to grow, and it is unlikely this will ever change!