In this third annual report, the Black Kite Research team examined the impact of third-party breaches that occurred in 2021. The focus remains on understanding emerging vulnerabilities seized by cybercriminals, as well as target industries falling victim to breaches, stemming from a lack of due diligence.
Black Kite Research analyzed 81 individual third-party incidents, which ultimately lead to more than 200 publicly-disclosed headline breaches and thousands of other inherent ripple-effect breaches throughout 2021.
They studied why certain industry sectors faced higher susceptibility to an attack, as well as the most vulnerable vendors to the initial breach themselves.
Additional predictive intelligence on a subset of 63 vendors also shows how an organization’s cyber posture improved when motivated to monitor and deploy security measures.
Download your copy of the Third-Party Breach Report 2022 and uncover the riskiest vendors and the top attack methods from 2021’s headline breaches.
Key Report Findings:
- Ransomware became the most common attack method of third-party attacks, initiating 27% of breaches analyzed in 2021.
- Software publishers were the most common source of third-party breaches for a third consecutive year, accounting for 23% of related incidents.
- The average time between an attack and the disclosure date was 75 days.
- Healthcare industry was the most common victim of attacks caused by third parties, accounting for 33% of incidents in 2021.
Download your copy of Black Kite’s Third-Party Breach Report 2022
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