Did you know that 64% of all global losses have occurred in the United States? California alone has reported more data lost in 2022 that the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands combined. In 2022, California lost 5.6 billion records. These records can be anything from financial transactions to employee data.
What causes data loss in the United States? Despite all the reporting around cyber attacks, the leading cause of data loss is still human error. Humans accidentally lose important data due to lack of training or slips of the finger. Of course, human error also leaves data more vulnerable to malware. Training is important for spotting and removing phishing messages, which often contain ransomware.
Despite our association of data loss with computers, data loss has been an issue throughout history. When the Library of Alexandria burned in 48 BC, an estimated 571 gigabytes worth of data was lost.