5,183 breaches from the first nine months of 2019 exposed 7.9 billion records - Help Net Security

5,183 breaches from the first nine months of 2019 exposed 7.9 billion records - Help Net Security

According to Risk Based Security’s Q3 2019 Data Breach QuickView Report, the total number of breaches was up 33.3% compared to Q3 2018, with 5,183 breaches reported in the first nine months of 2019.



Number of breaches by attack vector, reported by 9/30/19


Breach activity in 2019


Breach activity in 2019 is living up to being “the worst year on record”. Although the total number of breaches is on track to break previous year records, the total number of records exposed has already surpassed the 2017 year end total. 7.9 billion records have already been exposed and we are on track to reach as high as 8.5 billion.


“As we look over the experience of 2019, what stands out is that we are often our own worst enemy” commented Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President at Risk Based Security. “Whether it’s a phishing campaign that ultimately provides malicious actors with a toehold into systems or misconfigured databases and services that leave millions of sensitive records freely available on the internet, it seems to be human nature coupled with weak controls that contributed heavily to the number and severity of breaches we’ve seen this year.”


Most breached organization type


The Q3 2019 Data Breach QuickView Report covers the data breaches reported between January 1st and September 30th, 2019.


Key findings state that by NAICS economic sector, medical services, retailers and public entities experienced the most breaches, but when all business-related sectors are combined, general business remains the most breached organization type. Looking further into data breach landscape, hacking remains th ..