Heading into 2019, the jury was still out on whether the number of data breaches would increase or decrease this year. In 2018, the number of breaches in the U.S. dropped for the first time in about five years. Good news, right? Well, sort of. While the overall number of breaches declined, the number of records breached in these incidents shot up—way up. This led to the question: Would the downward trend in data breaches continue or would we return to a more normal pattern in 2019?
It took roughly 10 months to get an answer to that question. There were 1,244 reported data breaches in 2018. At the end of October 2019, the number of data breaches in the U.S. stood at 1,272 with two months to go. Safe to say, it appears the normal increasing pattern has returned.