The Anatomy of a Third-Party Data Breach: The 5 phases

Hackers no longer have to go through the hurdles that they did in the past when most of the time the door is wide open for them, and the door to success for them revolves around the access you give to your vendors. Without the proper controls in place for vendor management and remote access, you’re setting yourself up for a data breach, your company making the news for all the wrong reasons, and having to pay for being out of compliance with mandates.


Get to know the common phases of third-party data breaches and how to stop them

You began the journey of understanding the Anatomy of a Third-Party Data Breach by diving into the current threat landscape, and now it’s time to learn about the common phases and how to stop each phase in its tracks. In part 2 of our 3 part eBook, you’ll learn about the top 5 most common phases and how to stop them, including:

  • Phase 1: Hackers begin the process by investigating a vendor who has access to larger companies and choosing the right victim that will be worth the most in the long run.
  • Phase 2: Next, hackers will attack the vendor that will have the highest payday; a vendor that services a lot of companies, but doesn’t have the right controls and tools in place, is a prime target.
  • Phase 3: After the attack, the next goal will be to spread into other servers or networks by finding other vulnerable spots that hackers can easily infect.
  • Phase 4: After a hacker finds where to infect, they’re able to move within a network. The longer they’re in your network, undetected, the more time they have to spread.
  • Phase 5: The conclusion depends on what type of attack happened- ransomware? Data theft? Phishing? A mix? Depending on what happened to you should dictate your next steps. However, no matter what happened, implementing a well-rounded cybersecurity strategy should be your first step.

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