Businesses beware: Cyberattacks targeting businesses nearly doubled in the past year, from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017, according to a Thursday report from the Online Trust Alliance (OTA). This further highlights the need for enterprises to implement proper cyber hygiene practices and employee training to keep critical business systems and data secure.
Over the past year, 4,149 data breaches compromised more than 4.2 billion records, shattering the previous all-time high of about 1 billion exposed records in 2013. This finding comes from the 2016 Data Breach QuickView report, released January 25 by Risk Based Security (RBS). Researchers discovered the number of data breaches was fairly consistent between 2015 and 2016, but their severity skyrocketed.
Possibly as many as 82,000 cyber incidents a day negatively impacted organizations around the world in 2016, says an industry group that looked at threat intelligence from a number of sources. The Online Trust Alliance, which released the estimate Wednesday as part of its annual Breach Readiness Guide, says that because most incidents aren’t reported to regulators or law enforcement agencies the number could be as much as 250,000.
Later this year, we’ll publish the 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll, which promotes responsible online privacy and data security practices and recognizes leaders in the public and private sectors who have embraced them. This morning, we released the methodology we’ll use for this year’s audit.
A colleague just received an “Urgent Security Alert - Action Requested” email from Nest (see the image below). At first glance it looked like either a phishing attempt or one of the way-too-often breach notifications we all receive these days.
I used to love the old Space Invaders arcade game - waves of enemy attackers came in faster and faster while you tried to defend your base. With experience you could learn their tactics and get pretty adept at stopping them. For today’s enterprise IT staff, consumer-grade IoT devices must certainly feel like those space invaders of old.