Data security is an ongoing challenge for every organization. A recent report reveals the frequency of data breaches only continues to grow. Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review brought this information to us in their article, “918 cyberattacks so far this year: 6 things to know.”

There were 918 data breach incidents across the world in the first half of 2017, representing a 13 percent increase from the last six months of 2016. Breaking that down, there were 1.9 billion records breached in the first half of 2017, up 164 percent from the last six months of 2016.

Not surprisingly, healthcare experienced the most breaches (228), followed by financial services (125) and education (118).

The top five data breaches were:

  • Portland, Ore.-based River City Media: 1.34 billion email accounts
  • Motor Vehicles Department in Kerala, India: 200 million vehicle registration details
  • Deep Root Analytics/Republican National Committee: 198 million U.S. voters’ personal data
  • U.K.-based National Health Service: 26 million patients’ medical records
  • Restaurant app Zomato: 17 million users’ account information

North America experienced 88 percent of the breaches, with the U.S. specifically seeing 781 of the global 918.

Melody K. Smith

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