The number of records lost, stolen or compromised in data breaches jumped 86% between 2015 and 2016 even though the number of breaches worldwide dropped 4% in the same period, suggesting that hackers are aiming at organizations with big databases, according to new data from digital security firm Gemalto. The growing prevalence of data breaches suggests companies may need to shift from breach prevention to breach acceptance, it said.

According to the Netherlands-based company’s Breach Level Index, released Tuesday, the world’s 1,792 data breaches in 2016 compromised almost 1.4 billion data records. Since the index began in 2013, more than 7 billion data records have been exposed, translating to over 3 million records compromised per day or 44 records per second. And because the number of records involved in a breach are sometimes not disclosed, the actual number of affected records might be much higher, Gemalto added. 

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