CHICAGO (5/27/14)--Payment card data continues to lead the way in the type of online information most often compromised by data breaches, but data thefts involving non-payment card data is gaining ground, according to analysis from online security technology company Trustwave.
Last week, Trustwave released a report digging into trends in cybercrime, data breaches and security threats.
The report analyzed topics such as what type of information is targeted, which industries are most targeted and how criminals gained access to that information.
While payment card data topped the list of data most-compromised, 45% of data thefts last year involved confidential, non-payment card data, a 33% jump from 2012. (See related story: eBay breach leads to more data security legislation.)
Non-payment card data includes sensitive information such as financial credentials, internal communications and personal information such as names and birthdates.
The Trustwave report also found:
"Security is a process that involves foresight, manpower, advanced skillsets, threat intelligence and technologies," said Robert J. McCullen, Trustwave CEO. "If businesses are not fully equipped with all of these components, they are only increasing their chances of being the next data breach victim."
The Credit Union National Association continues to urge federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would place merchants and financial institutions such as credit unions on a level playing field.
Merchants, CUNA leaders have said, aren't beholden to the same security standards that financial institutions must adhere to.
Trustwave experts compiled the data from 691 breach investigations in 2013--a number that increased from 54% since 2012--across 24 countries, among other sources, to complete the report.