Cybersecurity Challenges: 37 Billion Data Records Leaked in 2020
Cybersecurity became an issue after the global changes we went through in the year 2020. From 15 billion leaked data records in 2019, the number has increased to 37 billion just in the last year. The Atlas VPN team analyzed the 2020 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report by Risk Based Security, which revealed the concern above. The top three industries which suffered the most from the leaking were healthcare, information, and finance and insurance sector.
Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. “The year 2020 has taught us that it is hard to predict what the future holds for cybersecurity. In a single year, breached data files more than doubled, reaching record-high numbers, as did the number of hacks that included a ransomware component. However, there were fewer actual data breaches. It suggests that data breaches are growing in severity, with fewer incidents exposing more personal information than ever before.”
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The study also says that 82% of data(about 30 million) was leaked in just 5 major incidents. The reason turns out to be the misconfigured databases or services. The names are the most leaked type of data, accounting for up to 46% last year. Email addresses stand next in the line, which comprised 32% of the incidents. On the contrary, the actual number of data breaches came down by 48%, from 7553 in 2019 to 3932 in 2020.
There were mainly two factors that caused the breaches; the reason behind 77% of them was outside actors and 16% were insider threats. The causes behind the rest of them are still unknown. Shockingly, 676 breaches last year were had ransomware as an attack element, which is 100% more than in 2019.
As previously mentioned, the healthcare industry suffered the most from the data leaks. It faced 484 (12%) breaches in 2020. The information sector suffered 429 attacks, which is 11% of all breaches. The finance and insurance sector, the third on the list, faced 382 hacks, i.e 10% of 2020 data breaches.
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