Verizon produces its 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report

September 15, 2013 |

Verizon has been producing a data breach report for the last 6 years.  It gives a good snapshot of the changing nature of breaches to data security and the responses.  The report is found here.

In its 2013 report it noted:

  • there were 47,000 security incidents.
  • 69% of breaches were spotted by an external party
  • 76% of network intrusions exploited weak or stolen credentials
  • 75% of attacks were opportunistic and the vast majority are financially motivated
  • over 50% of insider attacks were by former employees taking advantage of old accounts or backdoors that were not disabled
  • 62% of breaches took months to discover.

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