2017: The Year of the Cyber Attack

Cyber security problems will increase in 2017, warns Experian Data Breach Resolution, a branch of the credit reporting giant.

In its 2017 Data Breach Industry Report, Experian noted it expects to see several new—and frightening—trends:

  • “Aftershock” password breaches becoming more common
  • Nation-state cyber-attacks moving from espionage to war
  • Healthcare organizations becoming the most frequently targeted sector
  • Criminals focusing on payment-based attacks
  • International data breaches causing “big headaches” for multinational companies.

“Aftershock password breaches” can affect organizations that have not experienced a breach of their own data. They occur when a data breach and passwords from first-hand data breaches become available to criminals and hackers. Organizations that see repeated unauthorized log-ins need to notify their customers that their data might have been misused.