Which states have the most data breaches? Data breaches by US state – Comparitech
Data breaches are common in headlines these days, but they are not equally spread out in terms of location. Data breaches occur far more often in some #US states than others, and the number of records lost or stolen varies as well. Puerto Rico is not included in this map. Comparitech analyzed the number of …
Comparitech has updated its ongoing US data breach research in today’s post, Which states have the most data breaches? Data breaches by US state
Comparitech researchers analyzed the number of data breaches from 2005 to present to find out which US states suffer the most.
Their key findings:
- California suffered the most data breaches and also had the most records exposed: 1,777 breaches since 2005, affecting nearly 5.6 billion records in total.
- That’s over twice as many breaches as the runner up, New York (863), which is followed by Texas (819), Florida (638), and Illinois (533).
- North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico suffered the fewest data breaches, each of them having had 33 or under over the entire fourteen-and-a-half years.
- Since 2005, 12,098 data breaches occurred across the US involving more than 11.1 billion records.
- The current cost of each lost or stolen record is $150 on average (according to an IBM study), which amounts to more than $1.66 trillion lost since 2005.
- 2017 set a record for the most US data breaches: 1,683 in total.
- 2016 takes the top spot for number of records exposed: 4.6 billion.