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Study: Third Parties, Food and Beverage Hit Hardest

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February 8, 2012

The 2012 Global Security Report by Trustwave SpiderLabs shows that the food and beverage industry is the hardest hit by breach incidents--making up 44 percent of breaches investigated by SpiderLabs in 2011--and that third-party remote-access applications are the most common point of entry for hackers, reports Infosecurity. According to the report, criminals target the food and beverage industry because of its high transaction rate and low barrier, as well as a lower security awareness. CIO reports that in 76 percent of breaches analyzed, a "third-party responsible for system support, development and/or maintenance introduced the security deficiencies exploited by attackers." Other prime targets for hackers are franchise and chain stores, because they often use the same IT systems and hackers may be able to easily duplicate the attack.
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