The modern cybersecurity landscape is incredibly complex by any standard. Whether or not you are a cybersecurity professional, everyone can benefit from learning about the dangers you’re most likely to face — and determine how security tactics like vulnerability assessment can help protect you.
The damage done by common cyberattacks is often measured in loss of personally identifiable information and other valuable data. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), the vast majority of data breaches in the U.S. during 2019 — 1,115 out of 1,473 — stemmed from hacking, intrusion or unauthorized access, exposing more than 157 million sensitive records.1 That said, the loss of PII is just one adverse consequence of an attack. There’s also the interruption of business to consider, as well as damage to the network and IT infrastructure — both of which can seriously hurt your organization’s financial bottom line.