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Verizon Says Most Attacks Are Our Fault

My headline may be overly dramatic, but Verizon did recently say that 97 percent of all attacks it studied could have been avoided if only we had done simple things to prevent them.

To a large degree, the company is right. Many attacks use social engineering or phishing, and we should have all long ago learned to not fall for these -- no matter how tempting it is to make millions of dollars from a total stranger.

And most malware isn't malicious until it is somehow downloaded, which means we must click on something we should never click on.

Again, we should all know better by now.

One of the most interesting findings is that most hackers are actually either activists trying to make a point (whatever happened to waving picket signs or getting yourself arrested?) or losers trying to prove their skills (of course, when you can just download and then spread malicious code, how much skill do you really need?).

How many attacks do you think could be prevented, and what are the simplest and most effective ways to block them? Send your best advice to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/23/2012 at 1:19 PM


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