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Verizon Analysis: Top 10 Causes Behind Data Breaches

Attackers are stealing account credentials and bypassing security systems as valid users, according to Verizon's analysis of 621 breaches that occurred in 2012.

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10. Shell Services

Once attackers have access to a corporate network, shell services like SSH and RPC are used to move laterally through an organization, Verizon said. The encryption protocols were also used to export stolen data out of a network. Mitigating the threat involves using one of the 20 Critical Controls; organizations can limit network ports, protocols and services, conservatively applying device configuration, Verizon said.

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