Security incidents have been on the rise for the past few years, and most experts in cybersecurity believe the trend will only continue to intensify. Here, though, our subject is not the high-profile, headline-grabbing attacks we all know about but the everyday struggle of organizations everywhere, in every industry, to protect their data in a world of thieves.
This report must begin with a basic fact of cybersecurity life. Many, if not most of the security incidents to which the IBM Emergency Response Services (ERS) teams respond involve fundamental breakdowns in sound security practices, and are wholly preventable.
Our goal here is to provide insight into the security issues we’ve observed. While the incidents that we respond to around the globe are diverse, many of them share certain characteristics and fit recurring patterns. This report highlights four key trends we’re watching in 2015:
• “Onion-layered” security incidents
• Ransomware attacks
• Attacks from inside an organization
• Greater management awareness of the need to address security threats proactively.
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