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Retailers a prime target for cyber criminals in '12, says Trustwave

John P. Mello Jr. | Feb. 13, 2013
Nearly half of the attacks investigated by the company were aimed at retailers

"I fully anticipate we'll see [a breach] at some point," he said, "and when we do, it's going to be front and center in the news because it's going to affect so many people."

In addition to its findings about attacks on retailers, Trustwave found:

  • Web applications have become the most popular attack vector, with e-commerce sites being the top targeted asset.
  • Mobile malware exploded in 2012, with the number of samples in Trustwave's collection growing by 400%.
  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of cyber incident investigations are being farmed out by organizations to third parties.
  • The average time for a business to detect a data breach is 210 days, 35 days longer than it was in 2011.


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