Australian organisations are suffering 2 data breaches per day: OAIC

Around two Australian companies are suffering from data breaches every day, according to a government report that confirms that Australians’ healthcare, financial, and identify information is being stolen at dizzying rate.

Published this week by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), the first quarterly report of the new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme noted that 8 data breaches were reported during the scheme’s first week – and an additional 55 incidents were reported during the month of March alone.

Health service providers accounted for 15 incidents, with legal, accounting and management service firms reporting 10 breaches. Finance and superannuation firms were hit 8 times, with education experiencing 6 incidents and charities suffering 4 breaches during the reporting period.

Personal contact details, such as an individual’s name, email address, home address or phone number, were compromised in 78 percent of the incidents while health information was compromised in a third of cases. Identity details were lost in 24 percent of incidents.

Three incidents involved between 10,000 and 99,999 Australians, while three more involved 1000 to 9999 people and eleven incidents involved 100 to 999 people.