31 March 2013
It’s that time of year again where we try to make sense of all the new research and statistics. Today, I give you the Trustwave 2013 Global Security Report which analyses 400 data breach investigations (compared to 300 in 2011) across 29 countries (compared to 18 in 2011). Unsurprisingly, 96% of the breaches involved the theft of customer records (payment card data, PII, email addresses), compared to 89% in 2011. Closer to home, this is confirmed by the CIFAS Fraudscape report published in March 2013, where, whilst total fraud in the UK only showed a 5% increase since 2011, abuse of identity fraud increased by a whopping 17.1%, correlating to the Trustwave report showing that out off all client-side attacks observed, 61% targeted Adobe Reader users via malicious PDFs, clearly pointing to social engineering.