1 billion data were stolen in 2014 due to 1,500 breaches, according to a study Breach Level Index of SafeNet, acquired by Gemalto, a French player specializing in digital security. This would represent an increase of 78% over one year in the number of data, and 49% in terms of breach.
Among the primary motivations of criminals, identity theft comes first, being the cause of 54% of violations, far ahead of other categories. At the head of the most affected sectors, the retail (11% of breaches for 55% of data stolen, up from 29% a year earlier), and financial services.
“We are clearly seeing a shift in the tactics of cybercriminals, with the rise of long-term identity theft, more than immediate credit card number theft. Identity theft can lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, the creation of false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes. As data breaches become more and more personal, we are starting to see that the universe of risk exposure for the average person is expanding, ”said Tsion Gonen, vice president of identity and corporate strategy. data protection at Gemalto.