Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report: A Look at Cybersecurity During the Pandemic
As digitalization continues to increase in our world, it is important to understand the impact these efforts can have on businesses, especially when it comes to cybersecurity.
Verizon has released the newest edition of its Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The report is known as one of the most widely read resources in cybersecurity and provides readers with an update on what has transpired during the past year, giving organizations insight into cybersecurity challenges and guiding them on how they should prepare for the next year.
Let’s take a look at some of their findings and how cybercrime has changed over the course of the pandemic.
Verizon Data Breach Report
The Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report explores more breaches than previous reports. The 2021 version highlights 5,258 breaches from 83 contributors across the world.
The report also states that phishing remains one of the top causes of data breaches, closely followed by ransomware and the use of stolen credentials.
Here are some other findings to help inform your cyber risk management strategy:
- Web applications represented 39% of all breaches
- 61% of breaches involved credential data
- Social Engineering, Hacking, and Malware continue to be the favored methods of attack in North America
- Financially motivated attacks ranked number one on the list
- Credentials are one of the most sought-after data types
- Employees continue to make mistakes, causing incidents and breaches
Takeaways from the Data Breach Report
During the pandemic, many companies allowed their employees to work remotely, exposing vulnerabilities when it came to the protection of data. Many businesses also faced challenges with the human element of cybersecurity, showcasing a lack of knowledge regarding cybersecurity education and training. Misdelivery represented one of the most common forms of human error.
As we look towards the future, the DBIR discusses the importance of building a company culture focused on cybersecurity diligence. Companies need to recognize the new complexities of attacks, how hackers are targeting their companies, and which applications may be most vulnerable. One way to educate employees is to keep them informed on different types of cybersecurity threats, such as the current COVID-19 vaccine scams.
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