US Military and Government Exposures Down in 2010

Monday, January 10, 2011

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According to a report by the nonprofit Identify Theft Resource Center (ITRC), the Military and Government agencies exposed the personal information of U.S. citizens on at least 104 occasions in 2010.

That is about a twenty percent increase over data exposure events in 2009, but the total number of records exposed in the breaches was down significantly. Only 1.2 million records were exposed in 2010, as opposed to 79.4 million in 2009.

the ITRC defines a breach as the exposure of a person's name accompanied by other private information, such as drivers license or social security numbers, bank records, or medical data in either hard-copy or electronic formats.

The ITRC reported a total of 622 exposure incidents in 2010, with the more than fifteen percent by federal, military, or state agencies.

One of the largest breaches included the records of more than two-hundred thousand Army reservists.

Businesses were responsible for the lion's share of the 622 exposures, over forty percent - followed by healthcare at twenty-four percent, and education at about ten percent of the total.

The total number of breaches is likely much higher, but most organizations and businesses are not required to report exposures.

The ITRC states in their report: "Other then breaches reported by the media and a few progressive state websites, there is little or no information available on many data breach events. It is clear without a mandatory national reporting requirement that many data breaches will continue to be unreported, or underreported."

Source:  http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110107_8262.php

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