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June 27, 2019
New research has shed light on just how many cyber security problems there have been in the US over the last 10 years. The number of incidents is concerning. What can be done to turn the situation around?
The extent of the US cyber security problems have been exposed by Comparitech research. It looked at publicly available data from data breach reporting to local Governments in each state in the US. Since 2008, there has been 9,700 data breaches reported to state Governments, effecting 10.7 billion records.
California and New York are the two worst hit states. There have been 1,493 incidents reported in California affecting 5.59 billion personal records. And in New York, 729 data breach incidents were recorded that exposed 293 million personal records.
It’s a lot of incidents and many records affected, but the research no doubt represents a very conservative estimate. The true numbers are likely far greater. Different states have different laws about how much information must be disclosed in a breach. Only in recent years has regulation got tighter requiring more information to be handed over.
This doesn’t include the number of breaches and hacks that go unreported or even undiscovered. The US has a serious problem.
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