While data breach threat grows, companies get better at detecting them

The threat of data breaches has become more prominent than ever, but companies worldwide are doing a better job of detecting them, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The WSJ report cites data from a Trustwave Global Security Report that analyzed data from investigations across 17 countries in 2015.

The percent of data breaches detected internally rose from 19 percent in 2014 to 41 percent in 2015. While there isn't an explicit reason for the significant rise in breach detection, it could be because companies have better tools to detect breaches or employees are better equipped to find and report unusual activity, according to the report.

Additionally, the median time elapsed between breach intrusion and detection for internally detected breaches was 15 days, significantly less days than the 168 for breaches detected by external parties.

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