The number of incidents in the government sector only slightly varied between 2008 and 2009. There were 66 incidents in 2008 and 68 incidents in 2009. The wide variance in the number of records compromised between 2008 and 2009 was due to the 76 million records compromised at the National Archives and Records Administration. Even without the National Archives breach, there was over a 400 percent increase in records lost between 2008 and 2009. So while the number of incidents seems steady with 2008 levels, the number of records compromised significantly increased.
New laws and regulations regarding data security breaches and disclosure laws affect the way in which nearly all organizations do business in the United States. This study, by Perimeter CTO Kevin Prince, provides a review of the scope and impact of data security breaches in an effort to encourage proactive modification to risk mitigation technologies, policies, and procedures that reduce exposure to a data breach incident.
Here, Prince examines data breaches distributed across five verticals: finance, health care, retail, government and education. However, keep in mind that the data used to extrapolate the charts, graphs, and representations for this study is by its very nature misleading.