Verizon DBIR: Breaches doubled, but plenty of silver linings

Arielle Waldman reports:

The number of confirmed breaches last year nearly doubled, according to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, but the telecom giant noted several positive trends that may give enterprises and infosec professionals reasons for optimism.

The 2020 Verizon DBIR, released Tuesday, analyzed a record total of 157,525 incidents in 2019, of which 3,950 were confirmed data breaches. Now in its 13th year, the report included substantially more industry breakouts for a total of 16 verticals — the most to date, according to Suzanne Widup, principal consultant for Verizon’s RISK team and DBIR contributor.

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