May 25, 2022

Info Security: Verizon Releases 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) with Data From 50 Global Companies

Released in the past day.


Verizon’s data breach report: Point-of-sale, Web app attacks take center stage (via ZDNet)

Payment systems were under fire, 94 percent of security incidents fall into nine basic attack patterns, Web application attacks dominate the financial services sector and point of sale and distributed denial of service attacks plague retail.

Those were the primary takeaways from Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), which had 50 global companies contributing, 1,367 confirmed data breaches and 63,437 security incidents.

Cyber Espionage Incidents Triple: Verizon Report (via Information Week)

Government agencies are the most frequent target for cyber espionage, a type of attack that, though small in absolute numbers, is growing quickly, according the latest Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon.

Public sector organizations accounted for 75% of the more than 63,400 security incidents reported worldwide, according to Verizon security researchers’ findings in the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report.


Espionage is considered “not significant” as a source of government security incidents because it accounted for less than 1% of the total. Because of the large number of other security incidents reported by government — including insider misuse (24%), crimeware (21%), and theft or loss (19%) — espionage does not appear on the statistical radar screen.

“This is relative,” Sartin said, because in absolute terms the number of espionage incidents still is small compared with other types of incidents.

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