A report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout indicates the amount of data breaches reached an all-time high during 2016. According to the report’s findings, 1,093 data breaches were reported in the U.S. last year, a 40 percent increase from 780 during 2015.

Last year, the business sector was the most targeted, with 494 reported data breaches. The healthcare sector followed with 377 reported breaches, and the education sector followed in third with 98 breaches. The government/military ranked fourth with 72 breaches and banking industry reported 52 breaches.

Hacking/phishing attacks accounted for 55.5 percent of 2016 data breaches, a 17.7 percent increase from 2015. Email/internet exposure of information accounted for 9.2 percent of overall attacks and employee error accounted for 8.7 percent of attacks.

As technology becomes more sophisticated, the need for top-notch security practices grows. Users are relying on smartphones, tablets and computers more than ever to store and process sensitive information. The main caveat of devices is the risk of data breaches and compromised information.

While the ITRC and CyberScout’s report only reflects 2016’s data breach totals, it’s safe to assume that number will continue to rise during 2017. A dependable way to protect enterprise data is working with a certified IT and mobile asset manager.

HOBI International, Inc. is an R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 and WBE certified IT and mobile asset management company. HOBI provides the best practices in data management, security and erasure to ensure client assets are always protected.