Lost and Stolen Assets

Any incident where an information asset went missing, whether through misplacement or malice.

All dates on the interactive DBIR website represent the calendar year of the incident. These values will differ from the print DBIR in cases where the DBIR collection period was used. This does not affect the validity of the analysis. To read more, see the Methodology section of the print DBIR.


Confirmed breaches


Total incidents

Pattern Lost and Stolen Assets

Incidents Across All Patterns



This line chart shows how the breaches in Lost and Stolen Assets compare to the other patterns over time.



Lost and Stolen Assets vs. industries


Understanding the relationship between patterns and industries is a cheat-sheet for how to plan what to protect in your organization. If you know the most likely doors attackers will use to access your defenses, then you also know where to put the most locks. While all basic security controls must be addressed, this inside knowledge allows you to place priority for resource allocation on the areas where your organization needs it most.