New York – Nine basic attack patterns that vary from industry to industry are the source of 92% of the 100,000 security incidents analyzed by Verizon since 2004. This finding from Verizon’s “2014 Data Breach Investigations Report,” identifies the nine threat patterns as 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; distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks; cyberespionage; point-of-sale intrusions; and payment card skimmers.
In the retail sector, the majority attacks are tied to DDoS (33%), which are attacks intended to compromise the availability of networks and systems so that, for example, a website is rendered useless, followed by point-of-sale (POS) intrusions (31%).
Other key findings in the report include:
“After analyzing 10 years of data, we realize most organizations cannot keep up with cybercrime, and the bad guys are winning,” said Wade Baker, principal author of the Data Breach Investigations Report series. “But by applying big data analytics to security risk management, we can begin to bend the curve and combat cybercrime more effectively and strategically."