Secure Your Data, Not Just the Perimeter

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-30-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Secure Your Data, Not Just the Perimeter
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    Secure Your Data, Not Just the Perimeter

    A recent report recommends a "new mindset," in which companies focus more on the protection of the data itself than on securing the perimeter.
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    Breaches Up, Compromised Records Down
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    Breaches Up, Compromised Records Down

    There were 1,792 breaches in 2016, down 4% from 1,866 the prior year, but the number of data records lost or stolen increased to 1.4 billion, up from 740 million in 2015.
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    Leading Sources of Data Breaches
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    Leading Sources of Data Breaches

    Malicious outsiders: 68%, Accidental loss: 19%, Malicious insider: 9%, Hactivist: 3%, State-sponsored incidents: 1%
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    Leading Types of Attacks

    Identity theft: 59%, Financial Access: 18%, Account Access: 11%, Nuisance: 8%, Existential data: 4%
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    Industries Hit the Hardest
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    Industries Hit the Hardest

    Healthcare: 28%, up 11%, Government: 15%, down 9%, Retail: 12%, down 10%, Financial services: 12%, down 23%, Technology Sector: 11%, up 55%
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    Records Breached by Industry
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    Records Breached by Industry

    Technology sector: 391.6 million records, 28%, Government: 391.7 million records, 28%, Healthcare: 35.2 million records, 3%, Retail: 32.5 million records, 2%, Financial: 13.3 million records, 1%, Hospitality: 9.5 records, less than 1%, Education 4.3 million records, less than 1%, Other: 500 million records, 36%
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    North America Hit the Most Breaches
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    North America Hit the Most Breaches

    North America accounted for 80% of all breaches. The total number in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America was 1,433, up 11% from last year. The U.S. had 1,348 of the total.
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    Breaches Worldwide

    Europe followed the U.S., with 161 incidents (9% of the total). Asia-Pacific had 145 incidents (8%), and the Middle East and Africa had 38 incidents (2%). South America had less than 1% of the breaches.
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    Breaches With Unknown Number of Records Compromised

    In 52% of the breaches, the number of compromised records was unknown because the information was not publicly available in the breach disclosure.
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    Encryption MIA

    Encryption was used in only 4% of the data breaches.
 

Last year, hackers shifted their focus from targeting financial institutions to infiltrating the large databases of social media and entertainment sites, according to a new study. Hackers also used encryption for 4 percent of breaches to render that data unreadable and then demanded ransom from those organizations and their customers. Because of this transition, the Gemalto report, "2016 Mining for Database Gold," recommends a "new mindset," in which companies focus more on the protection of the data itself than on securing the perimeter. Although this strategy implies accepting breaches as inevitable, the report says it also means that "security can be built around the understanding that the movement and sharing of data is fundamental to business success." The report recommends encrypting all sensitive data, securely storing and managing all encryption keys, and controlling access and authentication of users. The report is based on data from security firm Gemalto's 2016 breach-level index, which includes data from internet searches, news articles and analyses, and other sources. It gathered data on the number of breaches, data records lost, data breaches by industry and country, the type of breach and the source.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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