Cyber-Attacks Increase Significantly
The rapid growth of cyber-crime and the resulting risks are frightening to both businesses and consumers. It's increasingly difficult to evade the problem. A new report from security firm ThreatMetrix, "Cybercrime Report 2015," illustrates just how huge the hacking and attacking problem is and what impact it has on organizations. During the period from July through September, the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network detected and stopped 90 million different attack attempts—an astounding 20 percent increase over the previous quarter. The report also identified a number of key issues, including the growing risks associated with mobile technology; the need to balance security and convenience, particularly involving authentication; digital data leakage risks; location spoofing; digital identification cloaking; and the need for more sophisticated detection through analytics. Aside from negatively affecting corporate brands and reputations, these attacks represent billions of dollars in financial losses across the globe. Here are some of the key findings from the study.