New findings by Risk Based Security show that 2019 is on pace to break the record for the most data breaches and exposed records. In the first nine months of the year, they reported 5,183 data breaches with 7.9 billion records exposed, which is an increase of 33.3% in breaches and 112% in total records over the same period in 2018.
In our 4iQ 2019 Identity Breach Report, we found that the number of confirmed data breaches in 2018 reached 12,449, a 424% increase when compared with the previous year, also indicating that data breaches have been on the rise for some time now and show no signs of slowing down.
4iQ research also showed that accidental exposures from open devices account for three of the year’s largest breaches and 63% of where identity records was found, but the number of leaking devices is slowly declining.
"While malicious actors have been responsible for most incidents, it is accidental exposure of data on the Internet that has put the most records at risk," said Inga Goddjin, executive vice president of Risk Based Security.