Data Loss to Data Breach: The Rapid Evolution of Cyber Attacks

There’s no question that the types and frequencies of cyber attacks have evolved over the years from simple data loss from a smash-and-grab of the 80′s and 90′s to the massive, complex and malicious data breaches that we see today. Since 2002, there’s been a 10,000-fold increase in the number of new cyber security threats, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that number rose by the end of 2015. As ‘Big Data’ continues to get bigger and bigger, I have a feeling that the number of data breaches will double, if not triple, by mid-2016.

The nature and frequency of cyber attacks is evolving so fast that it’s worth taking a step back to examine that evolution and consider where we might be heading next, with the help of Ken Westin, senior security analyst for Tripwire.

Let’s start back in the 1980s, when data breaches and other cyber attacks were far less frequent and “data loss” often meant just that—data was lost when a laptop was left on a train, for example. It was way back then that we started to see a few larger and more sophisticated attacks, including a hack of TRW (now Experian) that exposed 90 million records.

More often, even the major cyber crimes of the 1980s were the result of “smash-and-grab” attacks by one or a few bad actors. For instance, in 1986 an unauthorized person stole 16 million vital records from Revenue Canada—it was simply a matter of scooping up a pile of microfiche.

You can read the full article here: The Ever-Accelerating Evolution of Cyber Attacks

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