Bitglass 2018 Financial Services Breach Report: Number of Breaches in 2018 Nearly Triple That of 2016

Malware and Hacking Responsible for Nearly Three Quarters of All Breaches in 2018

Campbell, California, UNITED STATES

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, announced today that it has released its 2018 Financial Breach Report. The study uncovers information about the top threats in financial services, the industry’s latest and largest breaches and more.

2018 has been far more dangerous than 2016, the last year that Bitglass conducted a financial breach report. In this year’s study, there were nearly three times as many breaches as there were two years ago. This is largely due to the explosive growth of hacking and malware around the world. These threats have undeniably led the charge against financial services firms this year.

“Financial organizations regularly handle sensitive, regulated data like home addresses, bank statements and Social Security numbers,” said Rich Campagna, CMO of Bitglass. “This type of information is an incredibly attractive target for criminals, meaning financial services firms need to be highly vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity. Failing to protect data and reach regulatory compliance can spell disaster for any company.”

Key Findings

  • From January to August of 2018, financial services firms experienced nearly three times as many breaches as they did over the same time frame in 2016.
    • The 103 breaches in this year’s report dwarf the 37 recorded in 2016.
  • Hacking and malware were responsible for nearly three quarters of all breaches in 2018. This is a massive increase over previous years, wherein they were responsible for 20 percent – just behind the leader, lost and stolen devices, which caused 25 percent of breaches.
  • The top three financial services breaches in 2018 each exposed more records than the sum total of all breaches in Bitglass’ 2016 report. This suggests not only that breaches are becoming more frequent, but that they are growing larger in scale, as well.
    • The top three breaches in 2018 were SunTrust Banks (1.5M records exposed) Guaranteed Rate (188K records exposed), and RBC Royal Bank (66K records exposed). In 2016, the sum total of all breached records was 64,512.
  • Noteworthy threats to financial firms in 2018 include cloud cryptojacking, ransomware-as-a-service platforms, modular banking trojans like Emotet and ransomware like WannaCry.

Bitglass aggregated data from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC). Each year, these standalone databases detail information about data theft in financial services organizations. By analyzing their records in tandem, Bitglass was able to uncover insights about the financial breaches that occurred in 2018.

To learn more, download the 2018 Financial Breach Report here:

About Bitglass
Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company's cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution.

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