Sunday, July 12, 2009

Report: 73% of U.S. Businesses Breached

Alex Goldman writes on

The fourth annual U.S. Encryption Trends Study was released today by The Ponemon Institute. The study says that 73 percent of surveyed businesses have experienced a data breach in the past year, up from 60 percent in the 2008 study. The report was sponsored by encryption supplier PGP Corp.

"A data breach is defined as the loss or theft of confidential or sensitive data including information about people and households," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of The Ponemon Institute, in an e-mail to

The numbers are comparable to a similar study released last week concerning UK businesses. There, the Ponemon Institute found that 70 percent had been breached in the last year.

The report was based on surveys with nearly a thousand (997) U.S.-based executives.

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