In 82% of breaches, attackers take just minutes to compromise a system and 63% of confirmed breaches were due to weak, default or stolen passwords according to the 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report form Verizon. Once breached, attackers can linger for days within the system.

No industry or system is bulletproof when it involves compromised data, however discovering the breach and learning how it was carried out is vital in preventing repeat breaches and additional losses in revenue.

If on a tight budget and given limited resources devoted to your businesses security, knowing how hackers tend to attack your specific online business can help you focus on preventing data breaches more efficiently. Spreading out limited resources to a “one size fits all” security plan may have some major weak spot in a thin and outstretched front line on security.

Even if a firm’s internal security is good, introducing third-party communication and service provider services may introduce additional unnecessary risk as well as complicate security. This also introduces more points of vulnerability such as employee phishing emails being opened.

The internet in of itself is a target for cybercriminals to obtain protected data. Online companies are sources for more sensitive data all available in a single location as opposed to small bits of data spread out on the Internet. This makes online companies a constant target.

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