Data Breach Statistics

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Data Breach Statistics

Data breaches have become a major concern in every business and industry.  Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports that it tracked over 678 data breaches that were reported in 2012 that involved over 27.4 million records. The Healthcare/Medical  industry was responsible for 223 of the 678 data breaches reported in 2012.  Don’t let your organization become a part of these statistics, allow TechR2 to assist in mitigating your risk.

Recent Data Breaches Reported

Reported December 17, 2012 by Data Breach Today

Walgreens:  The Walgreens drugstore chain will pay $16.6 million to settle a California case involving improper disposal of hazardous waste, as well as certain confidential patient information, in dumpsters near their stores.

Reported on October 24, 2012 by California Attorney General

Barnes & Noble:  PIN pad devices used to process credit and debit card information in stores were compromised.  The breach was discovered during maintenance and inspection of the devices.  Anyone who used a credit or debit card at a Barnes & Noble may have been affected by a sophisticated criminal effort to steal that information.  Names, payment card account numbers, and PINs may have been exposed.  A total of 63 Barnes and Noble stores in nine states had at least one compromised PIN pad device.

Reported on October 12, 2012 by Boston Business Journal

TD Bank:  TD said it lost unencrypted backup tapes in March 2012 that contain the account information, social security numbers, birth dates and driver’s license numbers of as many as 267,000 customers nationwide and more than 73,000 in Massachusetts.

Reported on October 23, 2012 by

Health Breach Tally Tops 500 Milestone:  Major U.S. healthcare data breaches have surpassed a significant milestone: More than 500 breaches have been confirmed since September 2009, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began keeping tabs.  Since 2009, 54% of the data breaches reported have involved lost or stolen electronic devices or media.

One of the Leading Causes of large scale data breaches is Lost or Stolen Media

•  Estimated 800,000 portable media devices (USB, disk drive, CD/DVD) are lost or stolen each year
•  69% contain sensitive or protected information

Most companies do not have sufficient controls in place today, TechR2 has the solution.
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