What you need to know about injection attacks
Very little in life grabs our attention like a shiny new object. The gleam can be irresistible, the glitter mesmerising. That’s how it is in cybersecurity, where the landscape is almost always dotted with alluringly novel hazards. Brand new threats, fresh new twists on old threats—the new malicious objects just keep on coming, year in, year out.
2017 brought us threats like the EternalBlue exploit, WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware, all with very high impact warranting immediate remediation.
Behind the attention grabbers, however, lurked a less media-attractive but much more widespread and persistent threat, ranking once again as the top mechanism of attack targeting many organizations in every sector. That threat is injection attacks.
The facts are clear. According to IBM X-Force analysis of IBM Managed Security Services data, injection attacks are the most frequently employed mechanism of attack on organisational networks.
In fact, for the period assessed, January 2016 through June 2017, injection attacks made up nearly half—47 per cent—of all attacks.
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