What were the biggest data breaches in 2016? How did federal agencies’ cybersecurity hold up last year, compared to 2015, with its disastrous OPM hack? Did ransomware live up to, or even beat, the dire predictions? Which industries got hacked most, and why?
We’ve pulled together summary posts and publications worth returning to, as a quick reference to consult when needed in the year ahead.
Data breaches, vulnerabilities, exploits and malware that made headlines in 2016.
Source: IT Security News
Source: ABA Tech Report
Details about 2,260 data breaches (in 2015). The report documented that in most attacks, stolen or guessed credentials of legitimate users were used to gain unauthorized access. What drove this trend? We concluded: to a high degree, it was large scale credential management fail.
How prepared were organizations for a ransomware attack in 2016? Not so well, this survey found. The biggest vulnerability? Their own employees.
Source: Trend Micro / iSMG
Image source: NCDOTcommunications on Flickr / Authentic8
Looking back on the second worst year, by the number of patient and health plan members’ records that were exposed in data breaches.
Source: HIPAA Journal
Criminal hackers were behind a majority of health data breaches for the second year in a row. Expect worse to come.
For public sector IT leaders and readers, FedTech listed the best blogs covering the federal technology business.
Reviews: 5 vendor risk resources every IT security leader should read. How to assess, manage third-party cyber security risks? Which resources are most helpful?
Source: Authentic8 Blog
With this eBook, Microsoft provides a quick guide to important security insights gathered from 2015/2016 data.
2016 was a record year for data breaches. Many could have been easily prevented, according to this blog post. We agree.
“2016 Will Be the Year Ransomware Holds America Hostage,” the authors of this report predicted. Correctly, it turns out. See also: Ransomware in 2020: Still a Threat? on this blog.