[Infographic] The Alarming Rate of Data Breaches

Last updated: 16 May 2016

This post originally appeared on SafeNet’s The Art of Data Protection blog prior to Gemalto’s acquisition of SafeNet.

While versions of the saying have become cliche, George Santayana’s warning  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is still worth heeding, especially in the information security industry.

With 2013 in the rear view mirror, the Target data breach and others of similar size and severity are still part of the mainstream media conversation and are necessitating that businesses adopt better, modern data protection strategies to avoid making headlines.

In the amount of time it took you to read the above paragraph, approximately 320 data records were lost or stolen, based on information about the rate of 2013 data breaches available from the new Breach Level Index.

This new infographic takes a look back at the quantity and disbursement of the data records lost or stolen last year in the hope that, when it comes to data security, everyone can learn from the past.

Breach Level Index Infographic