- Topping the list – with a 90 percent change of probability -- are attacks and failures related to authentication, including vulnerable or stolen usernames and passwords, which often represent the initial events in a breach scenario. "Nine out of 10 intrusions involved compromised identifies or authentication systems, so enterprises need to make sure they have a sound process for creating, managing and monitoring user accounts and credentials for all of their systems, devices and networks," Baker said.
- Web application exploits which are most likely to affect larger organizations and especially governments, rather than small to medium-sized businesses. The chances of such attacks occurring are three in four, according to the data compiled by the RISK Team. "Given these odds, organizations that choose to take their chances and ignore secure application development and assessment practices in 2013 are asking for trouble," said Baker.
- Social engineering, which targets people rather than machines and relies on clever -- and sometimes clumsy -- deceptions to be successful. "The use of social tactics like phishing increases by a factor of three for larger enterprises and governments," said Baker. "It's impossible to eliminate all human error or weaknesses from an organization, but vigilance and education across the employee population help to control and contain such schemes."
Authentication Attacks, Web Application Exploits Are Among Most Likely Threats Organizations Will Face In 2013, According To Verizon DBIR Researchers
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