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RESEARCH & INSIGHTS

MARCH 2017

How Secure Are America’s Largest Business Partners?

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In the last 15 months, at least 1 out of every 20 Fortune 1000 companies has experienced a publicly disclosed breach.
In March, Bedep was seen in one out of every five Fortune 1000 companies; it is now seen in just one out of every 20.
December 2016

EXPLORING DATA SECURITY IN THE LEGAL SECTOR & BEYOND

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Although companies in the legal sector have high security ratings and low rates of vulnerabilities, the industry remains a key target for cyber criminals.
More than 60% of organizations in the legal sector are exposed to the DROWN vulnerability.
September 2016

THE RISING FACE OF CYBER CRIME: RANSOMWARE

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Ransomware "as a service" is making a lucrative business for cyber criminals.
Ransomware infections in education and government have more than tripled over the past 12 months.
May 2016

REVEALING SECURITY PERFORMANCE METRICS
ACROSS MAJOR WORLD ECONOMIES

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Companies based in Brazil have the lowest aggregate Security Rating, while companies in the U.K., Germany, and the U.S. have the highest.
Companies in Brazil have a higher rate of compromised machines on corporate networks.
Peer-to-peer file sharing is common in companies across major world economies, except Germany. 
April 2016

Don’t Let "Trusted" Vendors
Be Cyber Breach Enablers

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Almost 70% of companies are highly concerned about the cyber risks posed by vendors.
Only 10% of vendors are using an automated, dynamic system to monitor vendor cyber risks.
68% of companies anticipate the improvement of security posture in the rollout of a dynamic, automated ratings solution to monitor vendor risk using objective data.
FEBRUARY 2016

RISK DEGREES OF SEPARATION: The Impact Of Fourth-Party Networks On Organizations

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Close to 40% of media and entertainment companies use Amazon Web Services as their content delivery network.
One in four companies were impacted by the 2013 Adobe Data Breach.
22% of retail companies use Rackspace as their cloud service provider.
DECEMBER 2015

How Peer-To-Peer Sharing Impacts Vendor Risk & Security Benchmarking

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43% of applications and 39% of games carry malicious code.
Companies with more peer-to-peer file sharing activity are more likely to have an increased number of botnet infections.
More than 25% of organizations in industries such as government, education, and utilities have observed peer-to-peer file sharing activity in the last six months.
November 2015

BITSIGHT SECURITY RATINGS CORRELATED TO BREACHES

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A company with a rating under 500 is almost FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY to experience a publicly disclosed breach than a company with a rating above 700.
October 2015

Are Energy & Utilities At Risk Of A Major Breach?

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Energy and utilities performed worse than the retail sector and in-line with poorly performing healthcare.
More than 50% of all entities studied across all industries were susceptible to SSL vulnerabilities, such as Heartbleed, POODLE, and FREAK.
Government was found to be the second-highest-performing industry despite large-scale breaches.
March 2015

Beware The Botnets

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Companies with a botnet grade of B or lower are more than twice as likely to experience a publicly disclosed data breach.
Energy, utilities, and education are the most bot-infested industries.
February 2015

ARE YOU HOLDING YOUR VENDORS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CYBERSECURITY PERFORMANCE?

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79% of companies indicate that ensuring third-party compliance is a top priority.
Over 60% of companies are interested in tackling the threat of losing critical company relationships through vendor relationships.
August 2014

WHICH COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE IS THE CHAMPION OF CYBERSECURITY?

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Security Ratings of athletic conferences averaged around 600, lower than retail and healthcare.
Higher education institutions experienced high rates of infection of Flashback malware, which targets Apple computers.
May 2014

WHAT ARE COMPANIES DOING (OR NOT DOING) TO SECURE YOUR DATA?

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The healthcare sector exhibited many of the same characteristics as the retail sector, including a high volume of security incidents and slow response times. It performed the worst out of the industries studied.
Finance was by far the top-performing industry.
February 2014

WHERE DOES YOUR INDUSTRY RANK IN SECURITY RATINGS?

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The finance sector was rated the highest in security posture.
The technology sector performed poorly with high-profile data breaches, including Adobe.
November 2013

ASSESSING THE CYBER HEALTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY

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30% of S&P 500 companies have poor SSL configurations.
In 2013, 82% of the S&P 500 had an externally observable security event.
Conficker, Zeus, and ZeroAccess and all of their variations were the most frequently observed malware in 2013.

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