The number of violations data reported this year, decreased in the third quarter of the year. However, billions more files were exposed worldwide, reaching a total of 36 billion, according to the Risk Based Security. The security company says in a report that 2020 was the worst year ever recorded, even before an additional 8,3 billion files were exposed in the third quarter. This information includes not only stolen data but also incorrect data configurations based on in cloud, which may jeopardize such information, but do not necessarily lead to malicious activity. In addition, the number of breach reports data in the first three quarters of the year fell by 51% to 2.953.
Inga Goddijn, Senior Sales Executive at Risk Based Security, argued that this could be explained by the increase in ransomware attacks. Although these attacks accounted for 21% of reported violations in the first three quarters, many of which may not have been recorded yet.
In particular, Goddijn said that while many of these attacks are now clear incidents violations, the nature of the data at stake deters some organizations Victims from reporting the security incident to regulators authorities and make it public. Goddijn added that while the compromised data may be sensitive to the target organism, the incident may not be reported.
The report also noted that its industry health was the one most affected by infringement incidents, accounting for 11,5% of the total incidents that occurred.
It is noteworthy that two infringements in the third quarter of 2020 reported more than one billion records each, while four infringements reported more than 100 million records. Thus, these six violations correspond to a total of about eight billion exposed files.
The findings of the report seem to coincide with those of him Identity Theft Resource Center, which publicly reported violations that took place on USA. He recently pointed out that the volume of these incidents is on "good track for the lowest rate since 2015".