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95 percent of breached records came from three industries in 2016: Government, retail, and technology


2016 may go down on record as one of the worst for cybersecurity. Hacks, breaches, and leaks were everywhere in the news. Forrester has a few things for us to remember going forward.

By Brandon Vigliarolo - Tech Republic

If you had to guess how many individual customer records were breached around the globe in 2016 what would you estimate? It was a big year for cyber attacks, but Forrester's report puts in in a staggeringly large context: Approximately one billion records were compromised in the past year.

That's around three accounts for each US citizen, and it means one thing: Cybersecurity efforts are lagging behind. If the tech industry is going to win the security arms race, Forrester argues, there are some key lessons it needs to take away from 2016's constant attacks and breaches.
Who has the issue?

95 percent of breached records came from three industries in 2016: Government, retail, and technology. The reason isn't necessarily because those industries are less diligent in their protection of customer records. They're just very popular targets because of the high level of personal identifying information contained in their records.

Healthcare records weren't in the top three, but they're still a hot target because of all the data they contain as well. Health insurance company Anthem suffered a breach that affected 80 million people in 2015, and the data that hackers gain can be used to commit medicare fraud and other insurance abuses.

Read more:  http://www.techrepublic.com/article/forrester-what-can-we-learn-from-a-disastrous-year-of-hacks-and-breaches/