2014 Data Breaches in the United State

The people at 27001 Academy created a interesting infographic on Data Breaches seen in 2014. The original posting can be found HERE. This post will cover statics found during their research and the infographic.

Here are some stats:

  • 2014 has seen an increase of over 27.5% in data breaches in the U.S.
  • Total incidents in 2014: 783
  • Total incidents in 2013: 614
  • 2014 vs. 2013: 27.5% increase

Although the number of breaches increased, the reported number of compromised records declined by 7.1%.

  • Total records in 2014: 85,611,528
  • Total records in 2013: 91,982,172
  • 2014 vs. 2013:  7.1% decrease

The peak in security breaches was registered in January, with more than 100 incidents.

Breaches by industry

For banking and government sectors, the risk of experiencing a data breach was higher than ever, with a 50% to 80% increase in security incidents in the last year.

The healthcare sector also sees a persistent and growing threat of breaches, being the most affected out of all sectors analyzed.

DataStats1The potential cost of breaches for the healthcare industry could be as much as $5.6 billion annually.

Breaches by state

The most affected U.S. state was California, with 112 organizations reporting a data breach.


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