Cyber attacks and data breaches are on the rise this year, thanks in large part to the proliferation of affordable, customizable and accessible tools for cyber criminals. Quite simply, it is becoming easier all the time to be a bad guy in cyber space.

That fact has contributed to the rise in ransomware attacks this year, according to research firm Accenture, which has issued a new mid-year report identifying the top cyber threats for 2017.

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