N. American Businesses Suffered the Most Breaches

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 02-09-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    N. American Businesses Suffered the Most Breaches

    North American businesses suffer the most data breaches, which are mainly due to employee carelessness. Smartphones are the main security concern of most firms.
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    2 - Data Protection Is Top Priority
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    Data Protection Is Top Priority

    Data protection is the major concern for 80% of the businesses in the study.
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    3 - Be Prepared for Breaches
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    Be Prepared for Breaches

    52% of them agree that IT security will be compromised at some point, so they need to be prepared.
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    4 - Mobile Sharing Causes Problems
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    Mobile Sharing Causes Problems

    54% of businesses are challenged about how to address inappropriate use or sharing of data on mobile devices. This is the most vulnerable area of expertise organizations face.
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    5 - Smartphones Are Top Security Challenge
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    Smartphones Are Top Security Challenge

    32% of North American businesses have seen a significant increase in smartphones, which pose the top IT security challenge.
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    6 - Smartphones Leave Businesses Vulnerable
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    Smartphones Leave Businesses Vulnerable

    52% of these businesses think they are least protected against mobile security threats, such as inappropriate usage or sharing of data via mobile devices.
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    7 - Phishing, DDoS and Ransomware
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    Phishing, DDoS and Ransomware

    Worldwide, 37% of the companies studied have experienced at least one phishing attack, 17% have had a DDoS attack, and 20% have suffered a ransomware incident.
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    Top Causes of Data Breaches

    • People: 25%
    • Malware: 22%
    • Other: 17%
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    9 - North America Is Less Protected
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    North America Is Less Protected

    North American organizations are significantly less protected against attacks than businesses worldwide. 44% suffered four or more data breaches during the past 12 months, compared to 20% of worldwide companies.
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    10 - Employees at Fault
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    Employees at Fault

    Businesses in North America claim that the top two reasons for the most serious data breaches were the actions of careless or uninformed employees (59%) and phishing/social engineering (56%).
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    Protecting Your Company
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    Protecting Your Company

    Ensure that employees are educated on company policies and procedures and practice them at work.
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    Traditional Measures Are Insufficient
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    Traditional Measures Are Insufficient

    Traditional measures like endpoint anti-malware protection, anti-phishing and vulnerability assessment are still important, but advanced intelligence software technologies combat the vast majority of these threats.
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    13 - New Approaches Are Needed
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    New Approaches Are Needed

    To combat targeted attacks, exploitation of mobile devices and ransomware, new approaches are needed. The report states that this requires a "new way of thinking that aligns perception with reality so that protection addresses concerns and vulnerability simultaneously."
 

North American businesses experienced the most data breaches in the world last year, according to a new study. In addition, data protection is the main concern of most businesses, and the greatest threat continues to be human error. Smartphones are the number-one IT security challenge. The report also found many areas of improvement in businesses' perceived readiness for certain types of incidents. For example, malware is well-recognized, and businesses do not feel as vulnerable to this type of threat as to targeted attacks. The goal of the report, "2016 Kaspersky Lab Corporate IT Security Risks Survey," was to examine how perception compares with the reality of the cyber-security landscape. "Threats are not necessarily getting more sophisticated. It's the growing attack surface that requires a more diverse set of protection methods," said Veniamin Levtsov, vice president, Enterprise Business at Kaspersky Lab. "The most important finding is the company's points of vulnerability: threats like employee carelessness and data exposure due to inappropriate sharing" of data on mobile devices, said Levtsov. The study included more than 4,000 businesses from 25 countries. Highlights of the report follow.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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