Law firm cyberthreats may have evolved over the past year to rely more on insider threats to quickly breach systems, but many still use tried-and-true approaches such as vulnerability hacking and password exploitation, according to the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report. The findings are based off 100,000 security incidents — a cybersecurity event that comprises the integrity, confidentiality or availability of data — of which 3,141 were confirmed breaches.
The report found breaches happening at a dizzying speed in 2015, as around 82 percent took only minutes to compromise a system, while 11 percent took seconds and 6 percent took hours. The numbers, Verizon noted, are influenced by the prominence of the phishing emails and the Dridex banking Trojan, which uses macros in Microsoft Office programs to infect systems.
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