Approximately 2.6 billion data were exposed through 2,308 security breaches in the first half of this year, down significantly over the 6 billion data reported, recording in the similar range in 2017, according to a report of Risk Based Security, quoted by Eset, an internet security solutions provider.
According to the source, 2,439 breaches or security breaches were reported in the first half of last year, according to the Mid-Year 2018 Breach Data QuickView report by the same company.
“It is not easy to think about 2.6 billion data exposed as an improvement, even if it is less than the 6 billion data compromised over the same period a year ago. 2018 is remarkable in that the number of reported violations seemed to decrease, while the number of exposed records remains high,” says Inga Goddijn, executive vice president of Risk Based Security.
The report quoted on the Eset Romania blog also shows that only five of the breaches have exposed 100 million or more records each and the crime against 1.19 billion entries in India’s biometric database – Aadhaar – at the beginning of this year, is distinguished as the worst data breach in the first half of this year.
As for the sectors where the most violations were reported, the Business sector is at the top, with 40 percent of the total, followed by Health (8.3 percent), Government (8.2 percent) and Education (4.5 percent).
Centralized data reveals that fraud has compromised the largest share of registrations (47.5 percent), while hacking (54.6 percent) was responsible for most incidents. The hierarchy is complemented by phishing credentials and then using them to penetrate certain systems or services.
Eset was founded in 1992 in Bratislava (Slovakia) and is among the top companies offering malware detection and analysis services, present in more than 180 countries. In addition, Eset publishes “Virus Radar” – a real-time monitoring tool, a Knowledge Base that provides support for Eset and Eset.co.uk products that extensively portray the online anti-virus and online security suites and products that the company makes.