This year’s findings revealed the retail industry is now the top target for cyber-criminals. For the first time, the retail industry made up 45 percent of Trustwave data breach investigations (a 15 percent increase from 2011) with e-commerce attacks emerging as a growing trend surpassing the amount of point-of-sales attacks. Additionally, mobile malware increased 400 percent, with malware found on Android devices growing from 50,000 to more than 200,000 samples. The report also revealed that out of three million user passwords analyzed, 50 percent of business users are still using easily-guessed passwords—the most common being “Password1”
“Cyber-criminals will never stop trying to compromise systems to obtain valuable information such as customer and private user data, corporate trade secrets and payment card information,”
Other Key Report Findings
· Applications emerged as the most popular attack vector. E-commerce sites were the number one targeted asset accounting for 48 percent of all investigations.
· 64 percent of organizations attacked took more than 90 days to detect an intrusion with the average time for detection being 210 days -- 35 days longer than in 2011; 5 percent took more than three years to identify the criminal activity. Most victim organizations still rely on third parties, customers, law enforcement or a regulatory body to notify them a breach has occurred – a worldwide security problem.
· Employees leave the door open to further attacks. Whether due to lack of education or policy enforcement, employees pick weak passwords, click on phishing links and share company information on social and public platforms.
· Attacks were discovered in 29 different countries. The largest percentage, 34.4 percent, originated in Romania.
· Spam volume shrank in 2012 but still represents 75.2% percent of a typical organization’
· Businesses seem to be rapidly adopting an outsourced, third-party information technology operations model. 63 percent of investigations revealed a third party responsible for system support, development or maintenance, introduced security deficiencies easily exploited by hackers.
· The two most noteworthy methods of intrusion, SQL injection and remote access, made up 73 percent of the infiltration methods used by criminals in 2012.
· Out of the 450 cases investigated in 2012, about 40 variations of malware were found. Trustwave attributed the 40 unique types of malware to six criminal groups. Three criminal teams caused the majority of payment of service credit card breaches. Russia and the U.S. are the largest contributors when it comes to malware attacks making up 39.4 percent and 19.7 percent of hosted malware, respectively.
“Businesses should take a step back and re-evaluate their security posture,” added McCullen. “All developers, particularly in the e-commerce industry, should implement a full lifecycle security plan that includes thoroughly educating themselves and their employees, equipping themselves with the best tools to protect themselves against attacks and making sure they are using the most reliable resources for zero day detection.
“There is no ‘if’ you will be attacked, only ‘when’ which is why it is crucial for organizations to follow security best practices and recommendations,”
The 2013 Trustwave Global Security Report will be available to the public prior to the RSA Conference in San Francisco, February 25. Sign up to receive a complementary digital copy of the report when it becomes generally available here: https://www.trustwave.com/