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Global Data Leakage Report 2013

The Global Data Leakage Report for the 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

  • In 2013, 1143 leaks of confidential information were recorded and reported in the media and registered by InfoWatch Analytical Center. This figure is 22% higher than the number of leaks registered in the past year.
  • More than 561 million records were compromised, including financial and personal data.
  • The US occupied first place in terms of the number of world data leaks (679, or 59.41% of the total) which occurred in 2013. The year-end total confirmed Russia was in second place (134 leaks), while the United Kingdom in the third (80 leaks). The top five is rounded off with Germany at 48 leaks, and Canada, where 33 leaks were registered.
  • The proportion of leaks occurring in state and municipal organizations worldwide remained stable at a high 31%. State organizations, together with medical institutions, are the main source of personal data leaks.
  • The majority of information leaks – 85% – involve personal data.
  • According to media reports, the damages (the cost of elimination of the consequences from the data leakage, legal investigations, and compensation payments) suffered by companies as a result of data leaks during 2013 amounted to 7.79 billion dollars.

Number of registered information leaks, 2006-2013