Moving Forward from a Year of Record High Data Breaches in 2017

intelligentID | February 5, 2018


In 2017, a record surge of data breaches affected organizations on a global scale, exceeding those of 2015 by nearly 20%.

In 2017, a record surge of data breaches affected organizations on a global scale, exceeding those of 2015 by nearly 20%. According to the 2017 Data Breach Quickview Report provided by Risk Based Security, these numbers rang in the new year with a total 5,207 breaches recorded in 2017 alone. An even more startling figure was that of more than 7.8 billion records exposed, which far surpassed the alarming stats of 2016 and the 6.3 billion records exposed in that year. For many, these figures are disheartening while moving into the new year, leaving many to wonder about measures for the future. While the answer may be more complex in nature, now is the time to trust the experts with proactive protection and innovative solutions for 2018.

Identifying the Issue Within

One particularly significant aspect of data breaches last year is the way in which these breaches were discovered once they took place. Out of the nearly 4,000 data breaches that were discovered with an established method, a shockingly low 18.6% were discovered internally by the organizations housing the data to begin with. The remaining breaches were later discovered by external actors such as law enforcement or customers.

A Need for Constant Protection

Although these types of attacks are surfacing more frequently, a reactionary response is unfortunately too late in most cases. Among the shocking statistics involving data breaches in 2017, is the way in which organizational mishandling of sensitive information, as well as inadvertent data exposure is now the leading cause of data loss over malicious activity. The increased exposure of this problem through mainstream media and other means of publication has led to an increased call for action involving consistent proactive measures to protect all organizations, big and small, from data loss.

An Expert Solution

Keeping your organization ahead of the game can be a challenge for any one person or team of security specialists alone. For a consistent, reliable, and highly proficient means of protection, trust Intelligent ID, a software built by the experts. Our team has researched hundreds of real-world insider threats to produce a robust feature set geared toward protecting the employees, data, and resources of your organization.

The Intelligent ID Solution

Intelligent ID is endpoint-based user monitoring and analytics software that secures organizations’ business assets by continuously monitoring and alerting management to suspect events taking place. We provide endpoint security by monitoring file and user activity across multiple channels, alerting administrators to abnormal behavior on your endpoints. Additionally, we offer both data at rest and data in motion solutions to suit the unique monitoring needs of your company, including data loss or theft activity, compliance infractions, workplace liability issues, inefficient use of time and resources, infrastructure concerns, insecure file access, and more. For further information, visit us at or contact us at Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+!

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