Statistics from 2016 have been released showing that colossal 1,792 data breaches resulted in nearly 1.4 billion data records being compromised globally. Most concerning is the 86% rise in the number of records stolen compared to 2015.
Identity was central to these high numbers, with 59% of all of these data breaches falling into the category of identity theft. The panic among organisations is also visible in the new figures, as in 52% of these cases the number of compromised records were not shared as part of the initial report.
These figures have been revealed in a report by Gemalto based on The Breach Level Index, a global database that tracks data breaches while also measuring severity, type of data and source.
The figures from the report of 2016 data breaches are broken down, giving maximum impact to the scale of the problem. The massive figures equate to 3,776,738 records lost or stolen every day, 2,623 per minute and 44 every second.