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FBI: California, Florida, Texas Lead in Corporate Data Breaches, Losses

California and Florida had their worst year for data breaches in 2017.

Edward Gately

June 21, 2022

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What do California, Florida and Texas have in common? They had the highest number of corporate data breaches and the highest victim losses from 2017-2021.

Forbes Advisor examined FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) data from the past five years to determine which U.S. state had the most corporate breaches, and which had the highest total cost lost.

Other states ranking high for data breaches included New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, Connecticut and Minnesota.

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Forbes Advisor’s Rob Watts

Rob Watts is a business editor at Forbes Advisor. He shared tips for trying to keep your company’s data safe.

“All told, there is no single solution when it comes to protecting your company’s data,” he said. “True protection comes from a combination of the right software tools, employee knowledge on cyber threats and established best practices in using company tech. Many data breaches come as a result of human error. So it’s important to make your employees as knowledgeable as possible when it comes to spotting and countering threats.”

Also on Monday, KnowBe4 released research showing more security awareness training improves employees’ reactions to security breaches.

Scroll through our slideshow above for Forbes Advisor’s findings on corporate data breaches.

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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