The Identity Theft Resource Center compared the number of breaches by industry sector for 2016 and 2017.

Somewhat unnoticed in the midst of tax-season fraud and other cybersecurity headlines is the fact that the U.S. business sector has seen a 54% jump in the number of total breaches reported so far.

As of April 11, the total number of breaches captured in the 2017 ITRC Breach Report from the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center now totals 431, an increase of 37.3% over last year’s record pace (314) for the same time period. The total number of reported records exposed totals almost eight million, with the business category representing more than half of the breaches and more than six million records.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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