Business today heavily relies on communications technology aka the Internet. But despite our fast connection speeds and one-second communication features, data losses are still probable. According to the technology industry, web application attacks, point-of-sale intrusions, cyber-espionage and “crimeware” have become the leading causes of data breaches everywhere.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions and 70 other organisations had investigated 80,000 security incidents in their own backdoors and confirmed 2,000 to have occurred in 61 countries.
The report, called the 2015 Data Breach Investigations analyses security incidents. Named in the report were five industries frequently encountering breaches including public administration, financial services, manufacturing, accommodations and retail.
Plenty of compromises, similar to the Sony Pictures incidents, were caused by human error and recklessness. Employees would sometimes open infected email attachments, click malicious links or input credentials on rogue websites. While antivirus and cybersecurity experts have warned personnel repeatedly about opening links and programs from emails and unknown sources, the number of antivirus incidents from the year 2000 continued to repeat.
Verizon’s study indicates that hackers use web application attacks and denial of service attacks. Criminals on the other hand use crimeware and web application attacks.