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2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report: 5 Pressing Security Trends Partners Need On Their Radar

Verizon's 2018 Data Breach investigation report pointed to ransomware as the biggest offender impacting businesses right now.

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Ransomware Overwhelmingly A Problem

Verizon was correct in its assumption in its 2013 DBIR report that said Ransomware could "blossom as an effective tool of choice for online criminals," because these types of attacks have far and away overtaken all other forms of cyberattack as the most prevalent variety in 2018's dataset.

2018 was a rough year for companies facing ransomware attacks, as this form of malicious malware features hackers making money by holding critical business systems hostage. Verizon’s report found that ransomware attacks have doubled over the past year, accounting for 56 percent of malware-specific incidents in 2018.

’What is interesting to us is that businesses are still not investing in appropriate security strategies to combat ransomware, meaning they end up with no option but to pay the ransom – the cybercriminal is the only winner here," said Bryan Sartin, executive director of security professional services at Verizon, in a statement.

 
 
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