Verizon Analysis: Top 10 Causes Behind Data Breaches

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7. Speed

Verizon found that 85 percent of initial compromises occur within minutes or seconds. The firm said the high number of smash-and-grab point-of-sale system breaches heavily factored into the timeline it established. It took attackers minutes to hours to steal data in 54 percent of the breaches, Verizon said.

If organizations focus on ways to extend the time it takes for an attacker to explore and locate relevant systems, exploit them and exfiltrate data, the chance for detection increases, Verizon said. "Unfortunately we're not really seeing that improvement," Verizon said in its report.

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