Cyberattacks are often motivated by the desire to steal and sell sensitive data, such as credit card and financial records, personally identifiable information (PII) including social security numbers, or protected health information (PHI). Once obtained, this data can be readily sold on the dark web to be used in fraudulent transactions, or for illegal activities such as credential stuffing attacks.
In addition to financially motivated attacks, we’re also seeing the rise of disruptive attacks. In many cases, the goal of these attacks was nothing more than the disruption of normal operations along with resulting brand equity damage and loss of public trust. Most alarming is the potential loss of life and public safety if critical services are disrupted. Healthcare, financial services, and retail are often the targets of disruptive attacks due to the high-value data they store and their critical economic and public safety roles.