Deja-Vu data from this year’s DBIR report feels like we are stuck in the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’
Ransomware and social engineering continue to dominate challenges facing cybersecurity professionals, according to Verizon’s 15th annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).
In general, the results of DBIR merely confirm well-established trends, such as the growing threats of ransomware – up 13% this year – and the inescapability of the “human element”, which was tied to 82% of all breaches.
Ransomware is Still Rising
The number of ransomware incidents increased this year by nearly 13%, which the analysts noted is “an increase as large as the last five years combined.” Ransomware now plays a role in one out of every four breaches.
Though the prevalence of ransomware has been rising, the nature of these attacks have remained surprisingly consistent. Verizon first wrote about ransomware in their 2013 report, where they explained how:
When targeting companies, typically SMBs, the criminals access victim networks via Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) either via unpatched vulnerabilities or weak passwords. – DBIR 2013.
Nine years later, the most common vector