Data breaches plummet: Microsoft

Darren Pauli reports:

Security breaches resulting in the loss of personal data have almost halved this year compared with 2009 figures, according to Microsoft.

While theft, loss of equipment and reckless data disposal still account for the lion’s share of data breaches, total incidents have fallen by some 46 percent in the first half of 2010 compared to the same period last year, according to a botnet report released by the company on Thursday.

Read more on ZDNet (AU).

It’s somewhat stunning to read that breaches are down significantly this year when the numbers you’ve been compiling from media sources and reports to states indicate that they are likely to be much higher than 2009 for the year.  It will be interesting to see what other analyses, such as those by Verizon, will show for 2010.

Update: See also this article on Dark Reading on a survey showing intrusions are up over 2009.

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