Security Assessment Tool for Real Estate

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing



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  • When targeting organizations in the Real Estate industry, cybercriminals prefer methods like Web App attacks or email server hacks, which proves the importance of maintaining a strong and diverse cybersecurity program.

  • Total incidents


    The number of security incidents (Nov 2018 to Oct 2019) analyzed in this sector in the 2020 DBIR.

  • Top three patterns

    Web Applications 

    Everything Else 

    Miscellaneous Errors 

    The top trends that emerged from this sector’s data (Nov 2018 to Oct 2019) in the 2020 DBIR.

  • Threat actors 

    73% External 

    73 percent

    27% Internal 

    27 percent

  • Actor motives 

    45% - 97% Financial 

    45 percent range

    0% - 40% Convenience 

    40 percent range

    0% - 40%Espionage 

    40 percent range

    0% - 21%Other 

    21 percent range

  • Data compromised 

    83% Personal 

    83 percent

    43% Internal 

    43 percent

    43% Other 

    43 percent

    40% Credentials 

    40 percent


  • How the bad guys break in

    This sector has had relatively few breaches, but they happen in many of the usual ways, like social engineering such as pretexting, or exploiting stolen credentials to get more valuable data. Cybercriminals may attack your system only once to gather as much data as they can, or they may use the first breach as a setup for another assault.

  • Careful who you’re helping

    Attackers will often take advantage of our helpful nature with social engineering tactics that get people to divulge sensitive information. There have also been incidents where real estate transactions, like buying a new home, were used as a pretext to change important bank accounts to those owned by the attacker.

  • Small mistakes can mean big consequences

    Errors have become a more common cause of breaches. Mistakes made by employees, like Misconfigurations, Misdeliveries and Programming errors, can often lead to data exposure. It can happen to anyone, so it’s important that your teams are properly trained on correct security practices—from everyday employees to contractors and support personnel.

  • See the latest trends in cybersecurity.


    Explore the results of the 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) and see what patterns emerged across the thousands of security incidents, from companies both big and small.


    See an overview of all trends

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  • Understanding the threats can help manage risk effectively

    The threats are real, the attackers motivated. But something stands between them and your organizations data: you and your security teams, with the insight, perspective, and tools to take action. You'll find that all right here.

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