The results found in this and subsequent sections within the report are based on a data set collected from a variety of sources such as publicly-disclosed security incidents, cases provided by the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC) investigators, and by our external collaborators. The year-to-year data set(s) will have new sources of incident and breach data as we strive to locate and engage with organizations that are willing to share information to improve the diversity and coverage of real-world events. This is a convenience sample, and changes in contributors, both additions and those who were not able to participate this year, will influence the data set. Moreover, potential changes in their areas of focus can stir the pot o’ breaches when we trend over time. All of this means we are not always researching and analyzing the same fish in the same barrel. Still other potential factors that may affect these results are changes in how we subset data and large-scale events that can sometimes influence metrics for a given year. These are all taken into consideration, and acknowledged where necessary within the text, to provide appropriate context to the reader.
Read the report over at Verizon: Results and analysis