Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report

Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations ReportVerizon released the 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report yesterday. The contributing agencies have grown to 19, compared to 4 in the 2012 report. There is a lot of good information about network security breaches in this report for everybody. From the intro:

And from pubs to public agencies, mom-and-pops to multi-nationals, nobody was immune. As a result—perhaps agitated by ancient Mayan doomsday predictions—a growing segment of the security community adopted an “assume you’re breached” mentality.

Some interesting points in the report:

  • 78% of initial intrusions were rated as low difficulty
  • 69% of breaches were discovered by external parties
  • 66% of breaches took months or more to discover

In other words, for the majority of networks that were compromised, it was easy to break in and the intruders had access for a long time until an external party notified the organization that they were compromised. Those are sobering statistics that should prompt action to ensure your network is secure.

This report is well worth the download and read. The best thing: you don’t have to register or give any information to download the report; just click the download link and get the PDF. Thanks, Verizon!

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