By Charles Leaver

From 2013 to 2014, expect breaches to only gain steam

The year 2013 represented a strong 12 months for cybercriminals, and a dreadful time for everyone who values security on the Internet. Unfortunately, a side-by-side comparison of two studies – one conducted for 2013 and the other charting the first three months of 2014 – suggest that, far from slowing down at the end of 2013, malicious attacks are powering into the current year with more force than ever. What this overview of data trends suggests is that endpoint protection software is of foremost importance for all companies that wish to stay afloat.

Study of 2013 points to marked increase in strength and scale of malware attacks
According to a review of data attacks in 2013 carried out by RiskBased Security, the year saw a massive rise in the total number of records stolen, a fact attributable to the mounting sophistication of the global hacking community and a general lack of endpoint protection among enterprises that are attacked. The report found that the number of exposed records for 2013 stood at 823 million, a threefold increase from the year before.

The vast majority of breaches were carried out via hacking, which points to the increasing ease that the cybercriminal community has in breaking into company infrastructures. When it comes to protecting against the threat of hackers, the answer is clear: Endpoint threat detection and response.

New report finds that 2014 promises to be another year of constant infiltrations
​A separate study conducted by SafeNet for the first three months of 2014 suggests that the global proliferation of malware has not only maintained its virulence into the new year, but shows no signs of letting up. According to an infographic released alongside the report, there have been more than 200 million data records lost between January and March of this year. Considering that these numbers are all entirely pre-Heartbleed, it’s reasonable to say that these figures will be rising before they go down.

The majority of incursions were conducted by malicious outsiders, but these hackers did not only set their sights on big financial businesses, as is often assumed. Instead, other operational sectors like healthcare and government also experienced significant losses. Medical operations were hit especially hard, with nearly 18 million records lost. With statistics like these, the responsibility falls on all industries to secure themselves from potential infrastructural attacks.

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