New Attacks Highlight Need for a New Approach to Cyber Protection

The occurrence of data breaches has increased in frequency and severity over the past several years. According to Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), 781 U.S. breaches were tracked in 2015, the second highest year on record since the ITRC began tracking breaches in 2005.

The occurrence of breaches was not constrained to any one sector, affecting various sectors including business, medical, financial and energy. Some of the more notorious breaches included Sony Pictures Entertainment, in which hackers used phishing emails to penetrate the company’s network to secure confidential data and the Ukraine Power Outage, in which hackers used a spearfishing vector to distribute “BlackEnergy” malware and facilitate a major power outage.