In 2018, it’s no secret that data breaches have become increasingly prevalent.

You’ve likely heard about major breaches like the one that Facebook endured earlier this year or the Target data breach of 2013. But have you ever thought about which industries are the most likely to undergo a data breach?  Or, have you ever wondered which countries are the biggest data breach targets?=

Well, a recent study by Apcela answers these questions and more.

Data breaches by industry 

data breaches by industry

No matter what industry you work in, there’s the possibility that your company could endure a data breach. But, depending on which field you work in, your chances of experiencing a data breach might be significantly higher. If you work in Healthcare or Government, for example, a data breach shouldn’t catch you by surprise, as these industries experience the greatest number of data breaches each year. However, if you work in social media, Insurance, or for a Non-profit, there’s a much slimmer chance you, or your company, will ever undergo a data breach.

Data breaches by country

data breaches by counties

When it comes to data breaches, it seems that one country, in particular, is highly targeted. Any guesses?

If you guessed America, then you guessed correctly. The United States experienced 6,551 data breaches between 2013 and 2017, making it the most-breached country by far. And just in case you’re not astounded by the sheer number of data breaches that occur in the U.S., you should also know that data breaches occur 1000% more in the U.S. than in the U.K, which has the second highest number of data breaches.

Comparatively speaking, most other countries have a fairly minimal threat of experiencing a data breach. In Israel, for example, there were only 43 data breaches from 2013 to 2017. China and Japan are also surprisingly less likely to undergo data breaches, incurring 47 and 63 breaches, respectively.

Now, if reading this was more unsettling than entertaining, why not take steps to protect yourself from data-breach? At the end of the day, if you develop a plan to secure yourself or your company from a data breach, you can rest easy.