Notifiable Data Breach 1 Jan – 31 Mar
Cyber-attacks continue to be the top source of data breaches in Australia according to the latest report released this week by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
Of the total 215 breaches reported, 131 involved ‘cyber incidents’ which the OAIC says included phishing, malware, brute-force attacks, or compromised or stolen credentials.
One Breach = 10 million People
The report reveals one data breach impacted the personal information of over 10 million people, another affected up to ½ million, but the majority (68% of breaches) involved information relating to less than 100 people.
The OIAC report does not provide the origin of the breach involving 10 million people. Australia’s population is estimated at about 25.2 million.
Health Sector Weakness Continues
The private health sector continued to be the most vulnerable to cyber-attacks followed by the finance sector, which includes the superannuation industry.