Over 650 data breaches were reported in New Jersey last year, according to a release sent out by the office of New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino.
In 2016, 676 data breaches were reported to the state police, affecting more than 116,000 account holders in the state.
The state classified a data breach as unauthorized access to personal information such as a social security number, driver’s license number or credit card numbers.
The most common form of data breach was through phishing, a tactic used to acquire login information by pretending to be a reputable person or organization through email or other communication.
“Doing business online and on our devices has become so routine that it’s easy to let our guard down. But as these statistics on data breaches highlight, it’s critical that we protect our sensitive personal information from the many who seek to access it for harmful ends,” Porrino said in a prepared statement. “The internet touches almost all aspects of our daily life, whether we realize it or not.”
New Jersey established the Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell as a one-stop shop for cybersecurity information sharing, threat analysis and incident reporting.
The Attorney General’s release is part of several planned data points to raise awareness about security concerns as part of October’s National Cybersecurity Month