What We Learned from Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report (ITSP Magazine)


Verizon has released its 10th annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), a comprehensive and multi-faceted look-back on breach trends, threat actor tactics and apparent motivations, based on analysis by the company or one of its 65 partners of 1,935 breach events occurring in 2016.

Among key findings: financial and espionage remained the top two motives combining to account for 93% of breaches. It should surprise no one that organized criminal groups continue to utilize ransomware to extort money from their victims, but because most victim organizations haven’t commented publicly on payments or data disclosure, specific financial data is not available. Verizon also cites an intriguing motivating factor it calls Fun, Ideology and Grudge – or FIG, with typical insider breach indicators.