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    The Best (And Worst) States For Remote Workers

    The Best (And Worst) States For Remote Workers

    Wide-scale data breaches and scams are up across the board this year, growing in frequency and intensity.‘s latest report examines data breach numbers, privacy laws, and more to investigate where at-home workers are more, or less, susceptible to the dangers of the internet.

    Click here to view the full report that uses this data to find the safest states for telecommuters.

    Key Findings:

    • From 2018-2019, the state of California had 76 data breaches (the most of any state). However, Wyoming had the most data breaches per 100k people.
    • While Florida lost over 340 million records due to data breaches, Maryland had the most stolen per 100k people (over 5.4 million).
    • California is the state with the most internet privacy laws. Not surprising, considering it is home to Silicon Valley. In second place is Delaware, followed by Utah (home to Silicon Slopes).


    To rank each state on their level of safety for telecommuters, Verizon looked at five main categories:

    • Total number of data breaches from 2018–2019 (35% of overall score): They analyzed all data breaches on a state level that were reported to each state’s respective Attorney General’s Office and/or Department of Health and Human Services and categorized data breaches as the following:
      • Hacks by an outside party
      • Malware infection
      • Insider breach (done by an employee, contractor, or customer)
      • Physical breach categorized by misplaced, discarded, or stolen papers, documents, and portable devices
      • Unintended disclosure (i.e., sensitive information posted publicly
    • Total number of records lost or stolen by data breaches from 2018–2019 (30% of overall score): They included only state-level records that have been reported to the Attorney General’s Office and/or Department of Health and Human Services for businesses.
    • Privacy laws by state (10% of overall score): They broke down existing internet privacy laws into 20 categories. A state with laws covering all 20 categories would have a score of 100%
    • Victim count and victim loss (25% of overall score): They analyzed total victim count and victim losses for the following crime types in each state, including DC:
      • Corporate data breaches
      • Malware/scareware/viruses
      • Phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming

    From there, Verizon obtained the total number of victim counts and losses per 100,000 people for each category (except the privacy laws) and normalized the total from 0–1 to obtain a final rank. The higher the score, the lower the ranking.

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