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InfoWatch Global Data Leakage Report H1 2013

The Global Data Leakage Report for the first half of 2013 by InfoWatch Analytical Labs.

The report is based on InfoWatch's own database, which its experts have been updating since 2004. InfoWatch's database of leaks includes incidents (information leaks) which have occurred in organizations as a result of the inadvertent or intentional actions of their employees, and which have been reported in the media or other publicly available sources (including blogs and web forums).

Key Facts

  • During the first half of 2013, 496 leaks of confidential information were registered as  reported in the media and detected by InfoWatch Analytical Labs worldwide. This figure is 18% higher than that recorded over the same period last year.
  • More than 258 million records were compromised, including those containing financial and personal data.
  • Russia saw the second highest number of reported leaks, overtaking the UK. In Russia, the number of leaks grew by almost a third during the first six months of 2013 – 42 confidential information leaks were recorded.
  • Governmental organizations and municipal institutions continue to be the main source of leaks of personally identifiable data. Worldwide, the proportion of leaks originating from governmental and municipal organizations has remained resolutely high at 30%.
  • The number of personal data leaks and records compromised in medium-sized companies (between 50 and 500 computers) is almost equal to this parameter in large organizations little different from the number of leaks and records compromised in large companies.
  • The majority of information leaks – 93.8% – involve personal data.
  • According to media reports, losses (the cost of mitigating the impact of leaks, legal investigations, compensation payments) incurred by companies as a result of data leaks during the first half of 2013 amounted to 3.67 billion dollars.

Number of information leaks