Big surprise there, right? So says the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), which analyzes the reported cybersecurity and data breach incidents for the year. According to this year’s report, senior C-level executives are 12 times more likely to be the target of social engineering attacks, and 9 times more likely to be the target of social breaches than in previous years, with financial motivation the key driver in these attacks.
Many of the attacks on C-level executives are phishing attacks, often where the hackers pose as the CEO, eventually asking for a financial transfer to be conducted to a certain account (I wrote about an attempt I received earlier this year). As I wrote in that article, marking emails coming from an external source with an “*** External Email ***” marker inserted into the received email has helped us at CloudNine identify those phishing instances.
As always, this year’s report has some interesting findings. Here are some of them from the 78-page PDF report:
As always, the report is chock full of graphics and statistics which makes it easier to read than the size of the report indicates and covers everything from social attacks to ransomware to denial of service to incident classification patterns and coverage of data breaches and other incidents in several industries.
You can download a copy of the report here. Believe it or not, this is our fifth(!) year covering the report (previous reports covered here, here, here and here). Enjoy!
So, what do you think? Have you ever experienced any data breaches, either personally or professionally?