Industry Threat Profile

Vertical-specific security insights

November 17, 2022

As the start of another year approaches, we continue to see a relentless increase in cyber threats across industries. Contrary to popular belief, most cyberattacks target specific industries at their weakest links. If you’re a security leader, understanding your industry’s unique threat landscape can help you recognize, evaluate and mitigate potential risks.


As the cyber advisory and solutions leader, Optiv has a front-row seat to the ever-changing threat landscape across our nearly 6,000 clients. This unique vantage point has enabled us to develop an Industry Threat Profile to help spotlight the respective cyber trends across seven verticals: healthcare, financial services, industrials, energy and utilities, technology and communications, consumers and government and public services.


Derived from Optiv’s observations over the last 12 months, the Industry Threat Profile


  • Tailors facts to an executive audience (CISO, CIO, board, etc.)
  • Provides a high-level overview on key cybersecurity insights within industries across North America, leveraging the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). For federal services, it presents the latest catalog of cyber events and threat vectors
  • Collates high-level recommendations and focus areas for each industry to kickstart security conversations with boardrooms
  • Leverages Optiv analysis to build threat trends and refine threat understanding with primary data sourced from our in-house Global Threat Intelligence Center (gTIC)
  • Highlights benchmarking data across industries that Optiv gathered through extensive assessments, surveys and program development exercises


Use the Industry Threat Profile to help drive prioritized security conversations in your organization and proactively mature your security program over time.

Pradeep Sekar
Director, Cyber Strategy & Transformation | Optiv
Pradeep is a seasoned cybersecurity leader who has worked closely with and guided Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and their teams across various industries to develop and sustain secure, adaptive and robust cybersecurity programs.

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