While data breaches continue to occur all around the world, 2015 was actually not quite as bad as 2014, according to the latest Breach Level Index report, from security vendor Gemalto.

There were more than 1,600 reported breaches in 2015, a 3.4 percent decline from 2014.

Those reported breaches led to the compromise of 707.5 million records—a 39 percent year-over-year decline from 2014.
Since the index was started in 2013, approximately 3.6 billion data records have been exposed as a result of breaches.

The majority (58 percent) of data breaches reported in 2015 were attributed to malicious outsiders.

Accidental loss represented 24 percent of 2015 breaches, while malicious insiders only accounted for 14 percent.

The report found identity theft was a primary goal for 53 percent of breaches.
In terms of industry verticals, government lost the most records due to breaches in 2015, accounting for 43 percent of all breached records. We take a look at some of the key highlights of the 2015 Breach Level Index report.