10 Things You Need to Know About Data Theft

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 06-09-2014 Email

A new Trustwave report analyses the behavior of cybercriminals and details the type of information they target most, industries most compromised, how break-ins often occur, malware trends and other critical components of breaches that affect the enterprise. Security firm Trustwave Holdings, Inc. conducted the "2014 Trustwave Global Security Report" by gathering data from 691 breach investigations, a 54 percent increase from 2012, from 24 countries. The Trustwave report also offers an action plan and makes recommendations on how users can protect themselves from cybercriminals. It suggests that IT executives educate their staffs and employees on best security practices, and recommends "annihilating weak passwords" and enforcing authentication policies and practices. Because attackers are diversifying their methods and targets, the report recommends assessing data protection across all assets. "Use penetration testing to evaluate how resilient your systems are to compromise," the report advises. "Develop, institute and rehearse an incident response plan, and identify which events or for indicators of compromise should trigger the plan." To download the report (registration required), click here

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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