Report: Data Breaches on the Decline.

Data breaches in 2010 were on the decline, according to a report from Verizon (NYSE:VZ)

The Verizon report shows the total number of data records compromised in 2010 down to 4 million — a huge drop from 144 million in 2009, and an even greater decline from 361 million compromised records the year before that.

One important question, however, is what do the changes in behavior mean for IT organizations and the patterns of security breaches going forwards?

“In 2008’s record-setting 361 million, we speculated whether 2009’s drop to 144 million was a fluke or a sign of things to come, [and] 2010’s total of less than 4 million compromised records seems to suggest it was a sign,” the report said.

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