Another day, another data breach. If you pay attention to the news at all, you can’t help but notice the sudden splash of coronavirus-related spear phishing attacks. This could potentially launch a tidal wave of data breach headlines, considering it takes an average of 279 days to identify and contain a data breach.
But what’s the root cause of this increase? There are a number of potential reasons why we’re seeing more data breaches than ever before, and it’s not just the pandemic. The questions being raised in the media and during cybersecurity conference panels include:
Can cybersecurity tools keep up with the overnight shift to remote work at scale?
Is the adoption of advanced attack protection measures too slow?
Is it the lack of cybersecurity talent?
Are we simply outmatched by our attackers?
While each of these has legitimacy and may be adding to the challenges, I believe most modern data breaches are in fact the result of something much simpler: the available attack surface is growing exponentially, due to accelerated digital transformation.