U.S. breaches set records for the number of incidents and record exposures in 2017, according to reports from the Providence, R.I.-based CyberScout (formerly IDT911) and San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center.

The number of U.S. data breaches for 2017, hit an all-time high and represented a significant jump over 2016. The total number of breaches captured in the 2017 ITRC Breach Report totaled 1,579, an increase of 44.7 percent over 2016′s then record of 1,091. The total number of records exposed hit 178,955,069.

The ITRC defines a data breach as an incident in which an individual name plus a Social Security number, driver's license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included) potentially puts people and their personally identifiable information at risk of exposure.

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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.).