ResourcesAugust 5, 2022Verizon 2022 Data Breach Investigation Report

Verizon has just released its 2022 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), which started to be published 15 years ago. The Report underlines that “the past year has been extraordinary in a number of ways, but it was certainly memorable with regard to the murky world of cybercrime. From very well publicized critical infrastructure attacks to massive supply chain breaches, the financially motivated criminals and nefarious nation-state actors have rarely, if ever, come out swinging the way they did over the last 12 months”. This Report is based on the analysis of 23,896 security incidents, of which, 5,212 were confirmed data breaches.

The findings of the report are based on four key paths: Credentials, Phishing, Exploiting vulnerabilities and Botnets, where the DBIR team stresses that “no organization is safe without a plan to handle them all”. In 2021 ransomware has continued increasing with nearly 13% more of such attacks which determined a a rise as big as the last five years combined. Supply chain was responsible for 62% of System
Intrusion incidents in the reported year. The human element continued to be the overwhelming factor for breaches with about 82% of them caused either because of the use of stolen credentials, phishing, misuse of systems, or simply a human error. Find the 2022 DBIR report here.