BARR Experts Weigh in on The 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

Each year, Verizon researchers release the annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Verizon began releasing the report in 2008, and for the past 15 years, the DBIR has been one of the most influential and highly-regarded reports in the cybersecurity industry. The report examines the most dominant trends in data breaches and cyberattacks throughout the world. 

Let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways from this year’s 108-page report. 

The DBIR lists four of the most common paths used by attackers in data breaches: compromised credentials, phishing, exploiting vulnerabilities, and botnets. The report also found that ransomware has continued an upward trend with a 13 percent increase from the previous year. 2021 taught us that supply chain breaches can lead to a wide range of consequences. Remember the Colonial Pipeline hack? Error continues to be a dominant trend and is responsible for 13 percent of breaches—a finding heavily influenced by misconfigured cloud storage.  This year, 82 percent of breaches involved some sort of human element. From stolen credentials, misuse, phishing, or simply an error, people play a large role in security breaches. 

It’s notable that some of these issues have been at the forefront of the DBIR for a number of years. What do these findings mean for your company, and how can your organization use the DBIR to make smarter security decisions? BARR experts are here to help you out. 

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