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Data Breaches in 2014 - Breach Level Index Findings

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In addition to several high-profile hack attacks, 2014 included a number of lesser-known incidents that nevertheless resulted in significant theft of records, according to a comprehensive analysis of security breaches, conducted by Gemalto through publicly available data collected in its Breach Level Index. The below infographic presents the number of breaches, the number of data records lost, and data breaches by industry, type of breach, source and by country/region.

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There were a total of 1,023,108,267 data records lost or stolen in 2014. That's the equivalent of 32 records lost or stolen every second.


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Data breaches totaled 1,541, up 46% from the 1,056 in 2013.


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With 1,164 data breaches, North America accounted for 76% of total breaches for the year.


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Only 58 of the data breach incidents in 2014, or less than 4% of the total, involved data that was encrypted in part or in full.


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The majority of breaches in 2014 (54%) involved the theft or compromise of identifiable information, such as names, addresses and social security numbers. In comparison, many of the thefts of 2013 involved financial information such as credit card numbers.


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The retail industry lost more than 567 million data records — 55% of all records lost in 2014.


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For more information about last year’s data breach figures, read the Breach Level Index Annual Report. You can also visit to learn more about breach trends and calculate your own risk score.


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