The 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report this year examines threat actors and the tactics they used to carry out the breaches and security incidents of the last year. This is the thirteenth annual Data Breach Investigative Report (DBIR), and includes data from 81 contributors in 81 countries, covering 32,000 incidents resulting in 3,950 data breaches.
DBIR Key Insights
- 70 percent of breaches were carried out by external actors
- Organized crime organizations were behind 55 percent of all breaches
- 30 percent of breaches involved internal players
The full 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report is 119 pages long, with a 19 page executive summary. In summary, the report showed cybercrime is increasing and financial gain is the largest motivator. Key findings of the report are summarised in the graphs below.
Trends over time highlight the need for constant vigilance and preparedness against a variety of threats by all organisations.
The COVID-19 crisis has also impacted the findings of the report. The attack surface of a typical business has dramatically increased, with so many employees working from home remotely due to the pandemic. This in turn means many businesses have not had time to put security mitigating strategies into place, or conduct risk assessments.
Agilient have seasoned veterans who are able to assist in evaluating and mitigating prevalent threats to business operations. Contact us to discuss the cybersecurity needs of your organisation.
Author: David Steele, Agilient Consultant