C-level executives the key target of data breaches and data incidents in organisations – Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report


Verizon Enterprise Solutions has released its 12th annual Data Breach Investigations Report, drawing insights from a sample of 41,686 security incidents from the anonymised data of 73 contributors.

The report highlights a significant increase in the successful and attempted targeting of C-level executives as a means of gaining access to organisations. Possible explanations for this finding cite the limited time executives have for decision-making, and the lack of clarity and education the c-suite holds over possible threats.

Here’s a further taster of the key findings in the report this year:

  • The overwhelming motivation behind attacks was financial (71 per cent), with espionage trailing a long way behind (25 per cent).
  • Ransomware remains an ever present threat, accounting for 23.6 per cent of incidents reported.

For more information please see the media release below. You can download the full report here: https://www.mysecuritymarketplace.com/product/verizon-2019-data-breach-investigations-report/.