Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report

A comprehensive analysis of data breach patterns seen in 2015

McAfee contributed to this report by providing anonymized breach data. We also co-authored Appendix A, which focuses on post-breach fraud and what happens to data once it has been stolen from the breached entity. Below are some key report findings:

  • Cybercriminals are exploiting humans as the weakest link.
  • Phishing tops the list of increasing security concerns.
  • 89% of all attacks involve financial or espionage motivations.
  • Three-pronged attacks are highly familiar, repeatable, and used frequently.
  • Risk management is key to safeguarding assets.
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