Annual number of data breaches and exposed records in the United States from 2005 to 2016 (in millions)

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The statistic presents the recorded number of data breaches and records exposed in the United States between 2005 and 2016. In the last measured year, the number of data breaches in the United States amounted to 1093 with close to 36.6 million records exposed.

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Data breaches have gained attention with the increasing use of digital files and companies and users large reliance on digital data. Even though data breaches happened before digitalization of information – for instance, looking at one’s hard copy of medical files without authorization could be considered a data breach – the popularity of the digital platforms brought data breach to a new dimension as the volume and importance of the data exposed have considerably increased. Worldwide, identity theft is the most common type of data breach incident, accounting for 53 percent of all global data breach incidents and 40 percent of compromised records in 2015. The largest data breach to date was uncovered in 2016, as online platform Yahoo announced hackers stole user information associated with at least 500 million accounts in 2014.

The number of data breaches and the number of exposed records in the U.S. have reached one of the highest figures to date in 2015. Nearly 170 million records were exposed in the U.S. in 2015, whereas the number of data breaches in the country added up to 781 million that year. The medical/health care sector was the most affected by cyber crime in the U.S.; this particular sector accounted for nearly 68 percent of all exposed records in 2015. In terms of loss, in the U.S., cyber crimes have the highest average annual costs for the financial services industry. Cyber crimes caused an average loss of 28 million U.S. dollars in this sector during the 2015 financial year. Viruses, worms, Trojans and malware are the most common types of cyber attacks experienced by American companies. Just over half of the companies in the U.S. stated having experienced malicious insiders, the type of cyber attack that takes the longer to be solved – an average of 62.7 days in the fiscal year.

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