Verizon Data Breach Report 2021: Pandemic Has Caused Major Surge in Phishing, Ransomware and Web App Attacks
By Scott Ikeda
Verizon's data breach report for 2021 frames the degree to which the pandemic has influenced cyber criminal activity, with the focus shifting strongly toward work-at-home infrastructure. 39% of all data breaches in 2020 stemmed from web application compromise, and both phishing and ransomware incidents jumped significantly from 2019. One thing has not changed, however - human negligence continues to be the leading cause of security breaches.