A brute force attack may seem simple, but it has been effective for a long time. In fact, recent news indicates that state actors have developed much faster computing resources that could certainly render basic encryption (even 256 bit) an unsecure alternative.
The information transferred between applications and consumer endpoints is transmitted across networks, many of which are public. At any point, this information is susceptible to interception by various means and if the data is highly sensitive or confidential, it must be protected. According to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Report, 80% of breaches involved the use of brute force, meaning utilizing stolen or brute-forced credentials. Click below to view this white paper.