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2015 Data Breach Statistics - Breach Level Index Findings

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In 2015, 1,673 data breaches led to 707 million data records being compromised, as documented by the Breach Level Index. If 2014 was the year of the mega breach (and it was), 2015 was the year data breaches got personal, with identity theft the number one type of breach incidents last year.

The below infographic presents the need-to-know 2015 data breach statistics, including 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 707,509,815 data records lost or stolen in 2015. That's the equivalent of 22 records lost or stolen every second.


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Data breaches totaled 1,673 last year.


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With 1,287 data breaches, North America accounted for 77% of total breaches for 2015.


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Only 4% of the total breaches involved data that was encrypted in part or in full.


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The majority of breaches in 2015 (53%) involved the theft or compromise of identifiable information, such as names, addresses and social security numbers.


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The government industry lost more than 307 million data records — 43% of all records lost in 2015.


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For more information about last year’s data breach figures, read the 2015 Data Breaches Report. You can also visit to learn more about breach trends and calculate your own risk score.


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