In 2013, there were at least 1,367 confirmed data breaches, according to Verizon, and over 63,000 “security incidents,” which include everything from catastrophic leaks to a breach that “compromises the integrity, confidentiality, or availability of an information asset.” Of those, governments around the world accounted for nearly 13% of confirmed breaches and a whopping 75% of “incidents.”

Where are all these breaches coming from? In a word, “oops.” Of the nine classifications of threats listed by Verizon, which account for over 90% of all incidents, one stands out in the public sector: “Miscellaneous error.”

The single biggest cause of government data breaches is “oops” - Quartz

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