In its recent 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon found that while hacking and malware remained key tactics used in confirmed breaches, social attacks increased significantly from the prior year, with C-suite executives nine times more likely to be the target in breaches involving social engineering than in years past. Attacks on web-based applications also increased, reflecting the current trend toward cloud-based business solutions. The Report, known for its irreverent style, analyzed over 40,000 security incidents from 73 data sources. We analyze the Report’s key findings, industry-specific trends and insights from cybercriminals. See also “Key Cyber Threats and Targets for 2019
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