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Data Breaches

Attackers rely on email attacks to gain access to your network and data

What Is a Data Breach?

A data breach is an incident where sensitive, protected, or confidential data is stolen, viewed, or used by an unauthorized party. Data breaches have been in the news frequently in the last year, and many wonder what the reason is for their dramatic rise. This is probably best explained by the value the stolen data has to attackers wishing to mount targeted attacks on large numbers of people.

It is believed that much of the data stolen in breaches is sold and resold, thereby broadly enabling more sophisticated attacks — some of which may be years in the making. Many breaches are the result of intrusions caused by credential theft or malware installation, which in turn is fueled by social engineering and identity deception — and the value of being able to mount targeted attacks.

An example of a data breach is that of Yahoo! where 1 billion Yahoo! credentials were stolen.

Challenges With Preventing Data Breaches

Organizations looking to reduce the risk of data breaches face several challenges.

  • Expanding attack surface–With the adoption of new software and cloud computing infrastructures, the traditional network perimeter is no longer the central focus for attackers. There are simply more areas to protect and establish a beachhead for a breach, giving the attacker an unfair advantage.
  • Increasingly sophisticated threats–Today’s email-based threats are targeted, sophisticated, and evasive. Traditional detection based approaches that look for malicious content can be bypassed by motivated attackers.
  • The effectiveness of social engineering and identity deception–Social engineering campaigns, predominantly using email, are amazingly potent from an attacker’s perspective when it comes to tricking victims into revealing useful information or clicking on malicious URLs. According to the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 30% of phishing messages were opened, and 12% of targets went on to open the malicious attachment or click the link.

Most data breaches are followed up by targeted phishing, when customers are most vulnerable and communication is key.

The Solution: Agari Email Trust Platform

Email is the most popular communication tool and the entry point for up to 95% of security breaches. The Agari Email Trust Platform is the only solution that verifies trusted email identities based on insight into 10 billion emails per day to stop advanced email threats that use identity deception. Agari protects the inboxes of the world’s largest organizations from the number one cyber security threat of advanced email attacks including phishing and business email compromise.

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