The first full quarter of notifications since the mandatory data breach reporting regime commenced on 22 February 2018 are now available. A total of 242 reports were made, with 59% involving malicious or criminal attacks.
There was a steady increase in notifications over the three months, with 65 reports in April and up to 90 reports in June. Most data breaches involved personal information of 100 individuals or fewer (61%), with the majority of the information involving contact information only. While malicious/ criminal activity were the major cause of the breaches reported (59%), the next most common cause was human error (36%), suggesting there remains a lot of improvement to be gained by continued education of employees.
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