In many respects the breach trends of 2013 have borne out some good news for the security industry. Unlike the past four- to five years, this one has not been awash with mega database breaches of tens of millions of records containing personally identifiable information (PII). And, according to statistics compiled by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, both the number of breaches publicly reported and the volume of records breached has declined.

Last year at this time the running count already totaled approximately 27.8 million records compromised and 637 breaches reported. This year, that tally so far equals about 10.6 million records compromised and 483 breaches reported. It's a testament to the progress the industry has made in the fundamentals of compliance and security best practices. But the record this year is clearly far from perfect.

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