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2019 Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate: Security Must Be Strategic
In his introduction to the 2019 Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate (CTIE), General David Petraeus, U.S. Army (Retired), makes clear that cybersecurity must be C-suite business:
It’s critical that senior leadership keeps abreast of today's evolving threat climate, changes in technology and new regulations. In doing so, they will gain the knowledge needed to inform and strengthen their security programs. But too often executives and the board don't understand the importance of investing in their security program to protect critical business assets and digital transformation initiatives.
As the number and severity of threats has grown, the nature and scope of cybersecurity has evolved from a focus on tools and compliance to an emphasis on outcomes and a more holistic business transformation approach to cybersecurity. This shift toward business risk and strategic opportunity is more than a better way of operating, it’s an imperative. There’s simply no other way to account for the proliferation of security challenges can affect an organization’s well-being.
The report affords a detailed assessment of just what organizations are up against. Some examples:
The 2019 Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate comprises contributions from Optiv’s Global Intelligence Threat Center (gTIC); IntSights, a cyber threat intelligence company; and Carbon Black, a leader in cloud endpoint protection.
It provides insights into:
CTIE 2019 also dedicates significant attention to the vertical markets most under fire from cybercriminals, outlining threats and offering key best practice recommendations.
Healthcare-targeting threat actors tend to mount long-duration campaigns and actively seek out public attention on social media. To carry out these campaigns, they prefer to customize existing malware or craft their own from scratch.
Retail is a favored target for deployment of point-of-sale (PoS) malware. Interestingly, hackers targeting retail tend to be less skilled along all six criteria evaluated than threat actors in other verticals.
Not surprisingly, Government often is a target of advanced persistent threats (APTs), a term sometimes used euphemistically to mean a nation-state threat actor. These attack types are difficult, if not impossible, to find and often remain in place for an extended period of time.
The Financial Services sector has experienced a significant increase in cyberattacks and 79% of surveyed institutions said cybercriminals have become more sophisticated.
The report includes a range of helpful best practice advice, including a top-level emphasis on:
The 2019 Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate is available for free download. As the report notes in conclusion, organizations that synthesize threat intelligence and socialize their findings are further along in helping boards of directors, CEOs, CISOs and other executives understand the threat ecosystem and make well informed security decisions.
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