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The close of 2019 caps the worst year on record for security and severity of data breaches. Compared to 2018, there was a 33 percent increase in the number of breaches and a 112 percent increase in the total number of records exposed, according to Risk Based Security.
Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President, Risk Based Security, said that “as we look over the experience of 2019 what stands out is that we are often our own worst enemy. Whether it’s a phishing campaign that ultimately provides malicious actors with a toehold into systems or misconfigured databases and services that leave millions of sensitive records freely available on the internet, it seems to be human nature coupled with weak controls that contributed heavily to the number and severity of breaches we’ve seen this year.”
Tyler Moffitt, security analyst at Webroot , said that “it comes as no surprise that we continue to see cybercriminals evolve their tactics. They may be using the same strains of malware, but they are making better use of the immense volume of stolen personal information available to craft more convincing targeted attacks. Consumers and organizations need to adopt a layered security approach and not underestimate the power of consistent security training as they work to improve their cyber resiliency and protection.”