5 Common Cyberattacks for Partners to Tackle


Cyberattacks have become more targeted and sophisticated than ever, and now pose an equal threat to all companies that handle any type of sensitive data, including financial and personal.

That’s according to Netwrix, a provider of IT auditing software. It has pinpointed five patterns of cybercrime that were the most common root cause of security incidents in 2015: hacking or malware, portable devices, unintended disclosure, insider misuse and physical loss.

Netwrix's Alex VovkAlex Vovk, Netwrix’s CEO and co-founder, says the list can help channel partners better understand which problems are the most critical for their clients and adjust what they offer customers to better meet market demand.

“Hacking and malware is the absolute leader in this rating,” Vovk told Channel Partners. “The channel [partner] should obviously make sure that they have spyware and anti-malware solutions to offer. Also, because hackers widely use account hijacking and social engineering, I recommend [adding] user activity-monitoring solutions to their offerings as additional support against malware threats.”

The number of companies that experienced a data breach in 2015 was down 44 percent from 2014, according to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse; however, further information suggests hackers stopped focusing on smaller amounts and instead went for the jackpot. Fewer incidents resulted in more than 197 million compromised records, compared to 295 million in 2014.

With about 195 million records compromised, malware and electronic entry by an outside party remained the leading cause of data breaches for the second year in a row. Some 92 registered cases occurred because hackers gained unauthorized entry into a company’s systems via Web app attacks, spyware, social engineering and trojans.{ad}

The second most frequently reported type of cybercrime was unauthorized access to information stored on portable devices, including laptops, smartphones and external hard drives. This type netted 28 security incidents and the loss of more than 20,000 sensitive data records.

Third, employee errors, such as misdirected emails and confidential information accidentally posted on companies’ websites, resulted in the exposure of more than 38,000 records in 26 incidents.

Fourth, company employees or contractors with legitimate access to sensitive information posed a threat to data integrity in 11 cases, causing significant damage and compromising more than 600,000 customer records.

And finally, lost, discarded or stolen non-electronic assets with sensitive information, as well as card skimming and theft of stationary devices, became the root cause of data leaks in five cases, resulting in the loss of 1,100 records.

“The large amount of various security solutions that address various cyberthreats pose a certain challenge for the channel, and it is picking up the right vendors to balance the overall offering,” Vovk said. “I suggest that [partners work] with those vendors that offer solutions (that) can be easily integrated with each other to build up a unified IT infrastructure. The vendor should address the market demand, offer first-class quality customer support and be extremely interested in the channel partnerships, which will obviously result in additional support, onboarding and training programs for the channel to better win the deals.”

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