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Organizations unable to keep up, and cybercriminals are winning

Organizations are having a hard time trying to keep their employees and networks secure, as cyberattacks become even more sophisticated, report says.

Published Fri, Apr 25 2014 10:28 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

Cybercriminals have a large arsenal of different methods and tools to compromise users and corporations, but 92 percent of 100,000 security incidents analyzed by Verizon can be traced to nine basic attack patterns.

Organizations unable to keep up, and cybercriminals are winning |

"After analyzing 10 years of data, we realize most organizations cannot keep up with cybercrime - and the bad guys are winning," said Wade Baker, Data Breach Investigations Report principal author, in a press release. "But by applying big data analytics to security risk management, we can begin to bend the curve and combat cybercrime more effective and strategically."

The following are listed as the nine most typical threat patterns: miscellaneous errors such as sending an email to the wrong person; crimeware (various malware aimed at gaining control of systems); insider/privilege misuse; physical theft/loss; Web app attacks; denial of service attacks; cyberespionage; point-of-sale intrusions; and payment card skimmers.

In addition, cyberespionage has increased more than three-fold year-over-year, and that type of criminal behavior is likely to continue. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks also have increased, with cybercriminals able to launch attacks with very little expense.


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