Global Data Breach Statistics In Focus: Where Do The Trends Stand In 2023?

In the world of cybersecurity, it’s not uncommon to talk about data breaches as one of the crucial indexes. And as we progress further into the year 2023, we thought it would be interesting to provide our readers with a glimpse of what has taken place in the past three months or Q1 of 2023, thanks to the data compiled by SurfShark.

This includes a comparison to previous statistics and how well or poorly this year fares against all others.

Moreover, charts featured below are designed to outline and compare the various trends related to the world of data breaches that were witnessed at the start of this year and during the final quarter of 2022. Similarly, it looks at the breaches in data that arose from the perspective of a region, naming top nations through breach counts and discussing those that ended up compromising such email accounts during this year’s start.

When we make comparisons to Q4 of 2022, there were much greater data breaches taking place than that seen this year. It was almost twice as less in Q1 of 2023 than the previous year. The exact figure quoted was 48% less in breached accounts. As a whole, 41 million accounts were leaked in total, and at least one account was leaked per second.

Coming to the statistics as per region, the study looked at which countries underwent significant breaches in Q1 of 2023. In descending order, it was the US, France, India, South Korea, and Japan that made up the top five list.

Moving on, the study looked at the top five nations by breach count in Q1 of 2023. And it was Russia who took the lead, followed up by the US, Taiwan, France, and Spain.

It’s also interesting to note how these top five nations made up 52% of the total number of accounts that were leaked. So if we had to conclude, things are looking very positive in 2023 for these nations as the figure for breaches of accounts increased for all the top five countries, taking a turn for the worst this year.

Furthermore, the research was seen taking into account the regions that it felt were the most vulnerable of the lot. On this front, Europe continues to lead the pack in terms of the total figure for leaked accounts for 2023.

The region witnessed a staggering 17.5 million leaked accounts in the past quarter which happens to be the largest than all other regions. This was followed up by the Asian region which stood at 10.6 million and North America which had 5.3 million.

Europe happened to be the sole region that showed a quarter-over-quarter rise in data breach statistics. It nearly doubled from Q4 of 2022 to Q1 of 2023.

As per the study, some of the biggest data breaches per email arose in sectors like banking, groceries, insurance, payments, and computer technology education. And in March of 2023. It was Russia’s largest bank that suffered the most after a data breach struck Sberbank.
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