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There is bad news and good news in the “End-of-Year Data Breach Report” for 2019. While U.S. breach numbers increased, sensitive records exposed decreased. However, for financial institutions the opposite was true.

According to the research from the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center — which publishes regular reports with the support of long-time sponsor identity theft resolution/data defense firm CyberScout — the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2019 (1,473) increased 17% from the total number of breaches reported in 2018 (1,257). However, 2019 saw 164,683,455 sensitive records exposed, a 65% decrease from 2018 (471,225,862). The 2018 Marriott data breach exposed 383 million records alone, significantly skewing the data.

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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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