The distribution of attacks was spread nearly equally in 2009 as it has been over the past decade, during which time data breaches have been recorded. There was speculation that incidents would increase as health care organizations move completely to electronic records. As of the end of 2009, this does not appear to be any different than the average of previous years.
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.