The 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) is built on an analysis of 157,525 security incidents, including 3,950 confirmed data breaches, that occurred between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. We looked at how trends have changed since the previous year and dig into the overall threat landscape for each industry featured in the report.
Who are the victims?
81% of breaches were discovered in days or less
72% of breaches involved large business victims
58% of victims had personal data compromised
28% of breaches involved small business victims
Who’s behind the breaches?
70% perpetrated by outsiders
55% perpetrated by organized criminal groups
30% involved Internal actors
4% of breaches had four or more attacker action
1% involved Partners
1% featured multiple parties
What tactics are utilized?
45% of breaches featured Hacking
22% included Social attacks
22% involved Malware
17% of breaches were caused by Errors
8% of breaches were Misuse by authorized users
4% of breaches involved physical actions
What are other commonalities?
85% of breaches were financially motivated
43% of breaches involved Web Applications
37% of breaches stole or used credentials
26% of Malware incidents were Ransomware
22% of breaches involved Phishing
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Explore the results of the 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) and see what patterns emerged across the thousands of security incidents, from companies both big and small.
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Accomodation and Food Service
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Financial and Insurance
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction & Utilities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing
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