Reported breaches decline in NYS in 2009

Yesterday, as part of Data Privacy Day, New York Governor David Paterson issued a proclamation that included some statistics on New York State:

“More than 1.1 million records of New York State residents were impacted by over 400 data breaches in 2009, highlighting the need for vigilance among all entities that handle personal identifiable information in our State,” said Governor Paterson.

Interestingly, in light of previous posts on this blog and by others noting an apparent decrease in breach reports from 2008 to 2009, in 2009, the Governor’s proclamation mentioned that for 2008:

… the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC) reports that 547 breaches occurred, impacting 2,044,254 records of New York State residents….

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