Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2020

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Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2020

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (VDBIR) is a must read for anyone in the info and cyber security field as it provides a really good insight into current data breach trends and it’s pretty too, yes reports can be pretty look…

I sat down with an ice cream (erm…it’s a lockdown coping control oh and l love ice cream.) and had a peruse through it and one of the main things that stuck out for me was the following from the executive summary:

The times, they aren’t a’changing.

Credential theft, social attacks (i.e., phishing and business email compromise) and errors cause the majority of breaches (67% or more). These tactics prove effective for attackers, so they return to them time and again. For most organizations, these three tactics should be the focus of the bulk of security efforts.

We often speak of “the basics” but we run to the shiny things way too quickly so remember:

BASIC – Boring Ass Security Is Cool.

As we all know it’s the fundamentals and basics in life that allow you to build the real shinny stuff. To put it another way…what happens when you build a house on poor foundations? Exactly!

Now, if you’re new to the field you should definitely be reading this and similar reports, as they generally provide a good consolidated view of what’s happening out there.

Finally, we all know reading reports can be dry (admit it) so I really like the humour they’ve added to it, it brings a little levity to the subject and it brings the personality of the team across. They aren’t just number crunchers.

Finally finally, much respect on making it available as a direct download without registration.

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