2019 will be known as the year with the most cyberattacks in history

Information security experts anticipate that the balance in cybersecurity by the end of 2019 will be disastrous. According to figures collected up to this time of year, incidents of reported data breaches increased by about 30% compared to the previous year. In addition, this year it reached an all-time high of nearly 8 billion exposed records.

During the first half of 2019 alone, some 4.2 billion records were exposed in 3,813 different data breaches; the rest, about 3.8 billion records, have been leaked during the period for July, August and September 2019.

During the same period, six data breaches were reported that leaked at least one hundred million records or more, information security specialists say. The report, presented by the firm Risk Based Security mentions that only a set of 14 data breaches leaked about 6.3 billion records.

The report also mentions that the most common cause of data breaches is unauthorized access to a system; during the month of September alone, 3,917 security incidents attributed to malicious users (in other words, hacker attacks) were reported.

While the intervention of threat actors is a determining factor in increasing these numbers, data exposure incidents due to IT staff errors also increased. Wrong management of databases, backups, endpoints, and access credentials represents nearly 6.6 billion records exposed this year alone, information security experts say.

On the industrial and service sectors that have exposed the most records this year, this investigation attributes them to these areas:

  • Business sector
  • Health services
  • Government organizations
  • Public and private academic institutions
Economic sectors most affected by data breaches in the US
SOURCE: Risk Based Security

For International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) specialists, this is a clear sign of the need to address cybersecurity from another approach. Although anti-malware tools, firewalls, and other security implementations are really necessary for any company, it is sometimes ignored that users also require training to properly address any potential information security risk. As we’ve seen, 2019 will become the worst year in relation to data breaches, but we’re still in time to prevent 2020 from getting even worse.