Data Breach Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Data Breach CA data breach occurs when sensitive, protected, private or confidential information is stolen, copied, viewed or conveyed to an unauthorized/untrusted party or environment. Motivations for such attacks vary and include financial gain (personal or organizational), socio-political goals (hacktivism) and state-sponsored espionage. Targeted data may involve financial information, healthcare records, personally identifiable information or corporate trade secrets/intellectual property (such as client/customer lists or proprietary processes). A breach technically occurs anytime a party not specifically authorized to do so accesses this information, and breaches may be carried out by both external and internal actors. A growing number of jurisdictions (including the European Union, Canada, Brazil and the State of California) have passed data breach notification laws, requiring that potentially affected parties be informed of the breach promptly. Related TermsPII - Personally Identifiable InformationData ProtectionPKI - Public Key InfrastructureEncryptionGDPR - General Data Protection Regulation Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary RELATED INSIGHTS DOWNLOAD October 22, 2018 PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security Learn how a risk-centric approach can be applied to each PCI requirement. See Details Read more about PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security BLOG October 29, 2018 Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance Merchants often put compliance spending at the top of their list for budgeting purposes because the consequences of non-compliance can be expensive. F... See Details Read more about Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance DOWNLOAD July 31, 2017 PCI Services Learn how Optiv can help you plan, build and run your PCI compliance program. See Details Read more about PCI Services How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.