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Takeaways from the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report

The 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report was released in December and highlights the many aspects of data breaches and frequency of their occurrence. In review, we find this gives us a great opportunity to reflect on what security teams should focus on in 2020. The Attackers According the report, about 1/3 of attacks originate from insiders and 2/3 are from outsiders. Over half of the attacks from outsiders were from groups with criminal motivations who were trying to steal intellectual property or access someone’s personal information to sell or hold for ransom. Unsurprisingly, C-Level Executives were 12 times more likely the target of an attack. Proficio Recommendations: Strong perimeter security is essential – without this, you leave your organization vulnerable to outsiders. Security defenses should include cloud, email and web filters. Organizations must understand the business context of their assets. By categorizing valuable assets in your organization, you can provide them a higher level of protection and detection. Don’t forget to monitor internal users, actions across the core, and internal applications; these are common areas where you can catch suspicious behavior. The Attacks There was a notable increase in targeting cloud-based email like Office365, which is something many organizations use. […]