Cyber Incident & Breach Response
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.
OTA documents 82,000 “cyber incidents” in 2016 negatively impacting organizations;
admits there could have been more than 250,000 when accounting for unreported incidents