New Verizon DBIR: Credentials Stolen in 85% of Social Engineering Breaches - The Human Element

Verizon Data Breach report is here again and it’s no surprise that the human element remains a big problem and a major risk factor. More in our blog. Train your users!!

According to the report:

  • Phishing) is the number one threat action, involved in 36% of breaches
  • Approximately one-third of data breaches involve social engineering
  • Public Administration, Utilities, and Education had the highest number of breaches involving people (with a direct correlation to the use of social engineering.

    And these attacks appear to have very real ramifications:

    • In 85% of social engineering breaches, stolen credentials are the result
    • More than 60% of attacks involving social engineering involve malware infection
    • Ransomware is the third highest threat appearing in breaches In 85% of social engineering breaches, stolen credentials are the result
    • More than 60% of attacks involving social engineering involve malware infection
    • Ransomware is the third highest threat appearing in breaches
      Our blog has the story.

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