Ransomware attacks continued to increase during the first halfof 2017, up 50 percent over the first half of 2016, but accidentalbreaches remain an enormous factor, according to a new report fromBeazely. The cyber and data breach insurance company, whichhas collected data on cyber breaches since 2014, found that thenumber of breaches continue to increase, suggesting companiesaren’t adapting their security measures to properly protectdata.

Accidental breaches caused by employee error or issues occurringwhile data is controlled by third-party suppliers accounted for 30percent of overall breaches, while those those resulting fromhacking and malware attacks make up 32 percent of allbreaches.

Various business sectors were prone to different types ofbreaches. For example, higher education saw one-quarter of cyberbreaches occur due to unintended data disclosures, while nearlyhalf of the breaches in the data systems of higher educationinstitutions were from hacking and malware.

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