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IT/Telecom - January 23, 2019

Data breaches fall by 0.02% in Africa

Nigeria and other parts of Africa experienced a drop in data breaches by 0.02 per cent in 2018 as the world recorded 4.4 billion infractions.

The Asian continent ranked top ahead of other regions.

In the report titled: “World’s Biggest Data Breaches and Hacks”, 4,433,164,446 data records were globally compromised in 2018, with the Asians becoming the most vulnerable. The continent had 50.01 per cent breaches on 2,217, 183,889 data. North America at 49.44 per cent saw 2,159,743,546 breaches; Europe had 0.39 per cent with 17,249,000 records; South America at 0.14 per cent with 6,000,000; and the African continent at 0.02 per cent with 988,011 records data lost.

From the report, the sector with the highest data breaches occurred in the government at 47.4 per cent from 2,101,500,000 compromised data with sample cases like Aadhar, SingHealth; the technology sector was next with 20.1 per cent from 891,900,000 which included cases like Facebook, Twitter; the WebSpace was next with 17.8 per cent from 786,900,000 cases, which included Quora, SheIN.

The retail sector was also impacted by 13.4 per cent with 593, 400,000, which included Amazon, Marriott Hotels. Other affected sector included healthcare, telecom and transport sectors at 1.3 per cent at 3 100 000; 44 000 000; 12 000 000 respectively, which included CMS, T-Mobile, British Airways, Arik Airlines.

According to the report, two factors were considered in the analysis, cause of compromise, which was classified into: Oops, Hacked cases, and Poor Security. The second factor was sensitivity of compromised data, classified into five categories: online information, personal details, financial information, health records and full details.

Speaking on the report, cyber security consultant, Eyitemi Egbujule, said firms must consider three major factors in securing their cyber space: technology, the processes in running the business and the people.

Sourced from The Guardian report

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