Educational Services ranks third on the list of Top 10 Sub-Sectors Breached by Number of Incidents, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report published April 2016. When it comes to the Top 10 Sub-Sectors Breached by Number of Identities Exposed, Educational Services ranks ninth, with more than five million identities exposed. For students, parents, and employees involved in a data breach incident, it can mean that sensitive information is now available to hackers worldwide.
Top information exposed in a breach
- Real names – 78%
- Home addresses – 44%
- Birth dates – 41%
- Government ID (e.g. SSN) – 38%
- Medical records – 36%
- Financial information – 33%
- Email addresses – 21%
- Phone numbers – 19%
- Insurance – 13%
- User names and passwords – 11%
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