Latest Data Breach Statistics
In 2019 through early May the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) tracked 437 breaches that exposed about 11.6 million records. The business category continues to be the most affected sector, with 195 breaches, or 45 percent of all breaches detected through early May. The business sector breaches affected 3 million records. The medical and healthcare sector suffered 158 breaches, or 36 percent of all breaches, which affected 4.6 million records. Unauthorized access and hacking were the leading methods of breaching data in April 2019, accounting for 77 percent and 15 percent, respectively, of total breaches reported by the ITRC and the Insurance Information Institute in April.