It’s hard to believe, but it’s time again for another installment of Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. This year’s report represents our largest dataset ever, with 855 confirmed security breaches accounting for a combined 174 million compromised records. As always, we analyze the data and attempt to explain what happened, who did it and who was affected. We are very pleased to announce that the 2012 DBIR again includes data provided by our valued collaborators, the U.S. Secret Service and the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit. We are even more pleased to announce that these agencies are joined this year by the Irish Reporting and Information Security Service, the Australian Federal Police, and the Police Central e-Crime Unit of the London Metropolitan Police.. The inclusion of data provided by these agencies allows for the most geographically diverse DBIR to date.
With the addition of Verizon’s 2011 caseload and the combined data from our collaborating agencies, the DBIR series now encompasses 2,500+ breaches, 8 years and over ONE BILLION compromised records. As always, the DBIR includes only confirmed data breaches worked either by Verizon or one of the aforementioned agencies. We believe that with each passing year, the data grows and evolves helping to paint a more complete picture of the current state of cybercrime. We always look forward to sharing the resulting analysis with our readers and hope you find it informative, enjoyable and helpful to the planning and implementation of your security efforts. You can pick a copy up here. Please let us know what you think either via this blog, on twitter (#dbir) or at the email address listed in the report.