Many of the recent data breaches and hacks (Equifax, Sony, Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip) occurred because a vulnerability was exploited. These weren’t zero days or recently discovered vulnerabilities, but ones that were months – and sometimes years - old. Of course, once the data breach occurs, we hear that it could have been prevented had the company patched the vulnerability. But by then it’s too late and millions of lives have been affected.
By now you may have heard of the latest ransomware attack WannaCrypt, which began its attack on Friday May 12, 2017.