Secure Computing reports on Verizon Business's recently released 2011 Data Breach Investigations report that shows data thieves are targeting "smaller, softer and less reactive" businesses, such as retail and hospitality companies. The study also found that many breaches were "basic hacks" due to "ineffective or weak" credentials. Mark Goudie of Verizon encouraged companies to upgrade security procedures and software, warning, "If there are six people being chased by a bear, it's best not to be the slowest runner." The findings of two other data protection studies--Imperva and the Ponemon Institute's 2011 PCI DSS Compliance Trends Study, and Veracode's State of Software Security Report: The Intractable Problem of Insecure Software--have also been announced.
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