The way in which you respond to a data breach has a significant impact on how severe its consequences are. Reporting an event is one action that can help.
The number of data breaches that were tracked in the U.S. in 2017 totaled 1,579, a nearly 44.7 percent increase from the previous year. Data breaches, incidents in which personal information is accidentally or unlawfully stolen, lost, disclosed, accessed, altered or destroyed, can happen to organizations of any size and sector.
Most data breach laws deal with personal data, which is essentially any information that can be associated with a particular person. Other rules concern personally identifiable information, which is data that someone could use, alone or along with additional information, to trace or distinguish a person’s identity.