More electronic records were breached in 2008 than the previous four years combined, fueled by a targeting of the financial services industry and a strong involvement of organized crime, according to the “2009 Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report” (DBIR) released today.
This second annual study – based on data analyzed from Verizon Business’ actual caseload comprising 285 million compromised records from 90 confirmed breaches – revealed that corporations fell victim to some of the largest cybercrimes ever during 2008. The financial sector accounted for 93 percent of all such records compromised last year, and a staggering 90 percent of these records involved groups identified by law enforcement as engaged in organized crime.
Verizon Business investigative experts found, as they did in the company’s first report covering 230 million compromised records from 2004 to 2007, that nearly nine out of 10 breaches were considered avoidable if security basics had been followed. Most of the breaches investigated did not require difficult or expensive preventive controls. The 2009 report concluded that mistakes and oversight failures hindered security efforts more than a lack of resources at the time of the breach.
Similar to the first study’s findings, the latest study found that highly sophisticated attacks account for only 17 percent of breaches. However, these relatively few cases accounted for 95 percent of the total records breached – proving that motivated hackers know where and what to target.
This year’s key findings both support last year’s conclusions and provide new insights. These include:
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October 18 2018 @ 22:10:09 UTC