#CyberFLASH: How to protect against the 9 most common cyber-attacks

n-ONLINE-SPYING-largeCostly cyber-attacks have become so frequent across industries that cyber-security is top of mind among executives and customers worldwide, surveys suggest.

Forty-eight per cent of respondents in PwC’s global 2014 Annual CEO survey said the perception of cyber-crime risk to their business has increased, up 9 percentage points since 2011. A Deloitte survey of CFOs in Canada, the US, and Mexico found that cyber-security was a top priority for 74% of respondents.

Point-of-sale (POS) intrusions are particularly common in the retail and hospitality industries, but the health-care sector is also at risk, according to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, which is based on an analysis of more than 63,000 incidents in 95 countries.

Nine common attack patterns

The Verizon research found that nine types of cyber-attacks accounted for 92% of the incidents that occurred in the past decade:

Crimeware. The public sector, utilities, manufacturing, and information industries are particularly at risk of malware that compromises systems such as servers and desktops. To make it harder for crimeware to get in, patch anti-virus programmes and browsers, avoid Java browser plugins as much as possible, use two-factor identification, and implement configuration-change monitoring.

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