Who Are the Targets In Today’s Cyber War Zone? [INFOGRAPHIC]

A look at cyberattack trends by industry.

Cybercrime costs the U.S. economy a grand total of $100 billion each year.

Furthermore, during 2014, hackers stole and exposed the personal information of roughly half of all the adults in the U.S.

Hacking and cybercrimes are extremely common in the U.S., and this infographic will examine which industries are targeted the most by hackers and why. We’ll also offer some tips on how these companies can avoid being compromised.
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Cybercrimes in the U.S.

During 2014:

  • Over 4.5 million Snapchat users had their account info
  • 1 million Neiman Marcus payment cards and 3 million Michaels payment cards were also hacked.
  • The personal info of over 70 million Target shoppers (including 40 million payment cards) was acquired through hacking.
  • Hackers also acquired or exposed the personal data of 148 million eBay users, and the credentials of more than 33 million Adobe users.

Corporate hacking 101

CyberEdge surveyed 814 IT specialists from 7 different countries and 19 different industries and found that:

  • 52% said that they believe they will be hit by a successful cyberattack this year.
  • 71% admitted to being compromised by a successful cyberattack at least once in 2014.

Which corporate industries are being hacked?

Verizon recently released their 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report which provides information on global, confirmed data breaches that occurred during 2014. The industry breakdown of those breaches is as follows:

  • Unknown – 15%
  • Public – 14%
  • Financial Services – 13%
  • Accommodation – 11%
  • Manufacturing – 11%
  • Retail – 8%
  • Healthcare – 7%
  • Professional – 7%
  • Other* – 7%
  • Information – 4%
  • Educational – 3%

*Administrative, Agriculture, Construction, Entertainment, Management, Mining, Real Estate, Trade, Transportation, Utilities, etc.

Why did these attacks occur?

  • POS Intrusions – 29%
  • Crimeware – 19%
  • Cyber-Espionage – 18%
  • Insider Misuse – 11%
  • Web App Attacks – 9%
  • Miscellaneous Errors – 8%
  • Physical Theft/Loss – 3%
  • Payment Card Skimmers – 3%
  • Denial of Service – Less than 1%

What can industries do to prevent these attacks?

Any industries that handle large amounts of personal info and financial data should:

  1. Use anti-virus and anti-malware protection.
  2. Encrypt all data, especially anything that deals with passwords or financial info.
  3. Secure all entrances into a company’s internal databases. For example, most hacks occur via Wi-Fi, and unsecured Wi-Fi systems are easy to access.
  4. All employees should regularly change their passwords, and passwords should be complex.
  5. All employees should be educated on how to prevent cyber hacking — i.e., don’t accept shady emails, boost password protection, don’t remain logged in to company computers after leaving work.
  6. Work with an outside consultant to ensure that the company has the best available security measures.