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Eighty-eight publicly traded companies in Japan had data breaches in 2020 as businesses rushed to “promote digitization and remote work” amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Japan Times reported.

In a surveyIEF, Tokyo Shoko Research found that personal information was lost or compromised at firms and their subsidiaries and it was the highest number since the credit research company began collecting data, according to the report published on Feb. 21.

Computer viruses and unauthorized access accounted for about half of the cases reported, which involved the personal information of 25.2 million people, it said.

“There is a possibility of companies failing to take sufficient security measures,” Masayo Fujimoto, a professor at the Institute of Information Security, was cited as saying by The Japan Times.

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