Data breaches jump 40% in 2016 — 4 highlights

Throughout the United States, the number of data breaches continues to escalate year-over-year, according to an Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout report.

Here are four highlights:

1. In 2016, the nation tracked 1,039 total data breaches, an all-time record.

2. This figure equates to a 40 percent jump compared to 2015.

3. The business sector comprised 45.2 percent of all data breaches last year, with the healthcare sector trailing behind at 34.5 percent.

4. Hacking attacks constituted 55.5 percent of overall breaches, a 17.7 percent increase from 2015.

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