|The number of cyber break-ins
and identified network/application vulnerabilities has continued
its inexorable rise.
The U.S. National Vulnerability Database (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) documented over 14,600 new vulnerabilities in the calendar year 2017, with over 8,700 (or 60% of those documented) being considered Critical or High risk.
Furthermore, according to the most recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, the number of crypto-ransomware variants (which use encryption to render a business’s files inaccessible unless a ransom is paid) increased by 46%.