Verizon’s Hacking Retrospective For 2016 (2017 Report)

Instead of running afoul of It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future, Verizon is looking backwards at hacking in 2016.

The full report runs over seventy pages of hacker success stories but if you lack the time or stomach to read it in full, consider Kelly Sweeney’s Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report Released, which reads in part:

We follow the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report each year. It just hit the news stand and as always, is full of insights.

The report collected data from 65 organizations in 84 countries, including 42,068 cybersecurity incidents and 1,935 data breaches.

The major themes of the report are:

  • No one thinks it’s going to be them. Until it is.
  • Organizations think they’ve got the basics covered.
  • People are also still failing to set strong passwords.
  • People rely on how they’ve always done things.

The conclusion is that all organizations and industries are at risk of cyber-attacks, and 61 percent of the data breaches experienced by those responding were companies with less than 1,000 employees.

You should not be asking why there is so much cybercrime, but rather, why isn’t there more?

My unscientific explanation is the number of potential targets out number hackers by two or more orders of magnitude.


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