Causes of Data Breaches by Country or Region

Causes of Data Breaches by Country or Region

Proof Point

Malicious or criminal activity biggest cause of data breaches around world, relatively higher in Middle East and U.S., according to Ponemon study

Causes of Data Breaches by Country or Region

2017 (percentage)

Note: Data based on Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study that included more than 1,900 individuals from 419 organizations in 11 countries and two regions

Proof Point Findings

  • Data Breaches – Event where records containing personal, medical, and financial information of customers have been lost or stolen due to malicious activity, system glitch, or human error
  • Malicious or Criminal Attack – Majority of data breaches stem from malicious or criminal activity, with occurrences highest in Middle East (59%), followed by U.S. (52%), France (50%), and U.K. (50%)
  • System Glitch – Glitches, involving IT and business process failures, as percentage of total breaches per region or country highest in Denmark (34%) and India (33%)
  • Human Error – Percentage of total breaches related to human errors, including employee or contractor negligence, highest in Italy (36%), ASEAN countries (35%), Brazil (31%), France (31%), and Canada (30%)
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing number and sophistication of global cyberattacks, and growing volume of data and business processes migrated to cloud





Date Last Updated

July 31, 2018

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