By Del Peñano
Jun 27, 2018
Last week, I secured a copy of the 68-page full 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) prepared by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which includes actual data breaches and incidents, who is behind these attacks and what industry is most affected etc. Rather than read all 68 pages, I will provide an overview of some key points from the report and if you’re compelled to dig deeper, see the full report here.
So far this year, there have already been over 53,000 incidents and 2,216 confirmed data breaches. What industry to you think accounted for the highest breaches? If you thought of the healthcare industry, then you got that right. It’s noteworthy to let our readers know that 58 percent of these breaches were small businesses, which is more likely due to the limited resources they have compared to medium and large enterprise organizations. (Note: To keep things concise, we’ve limited this list to industries with at least 100 breaches investigated.)
Below are some of the key highlights of the report:
The top five industries suffering the most breaches are:
The top five action varieties in breaches are:
The top five external actor varieties in breaches are:
Other notable statistics:
Going into the year’s midpoint, perhaps now is the time to consider some of these best practices in mitigating some of the threats and protect both your personal as well as customer data:
3-2-1 backup rule: Have at least three secured copies both locally, externally and remotely (cloud).
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