In any situation where security or defense is the goal, lack of visibility into the techniques and tactics of your adversaries makes it is nearly impossible to enact the right precautions. Professional athletes and sports teams address this by watching game tapes of their opponents to better understand their strategy, and then tailor their own plans around their findings. While the process of taking the same sort of approach with cybersecurity requires much more research and analysis, the same basic principle applies when looking to defend your network from cybercriminals.
Time and time again, we have learned that it’s not enough just to have a strategy. And as networks and the potential attack surface continues to expand, that has never been more true than today. To stay ahead of cybercriminals, cybersecurity strategies must be built around a deep understanding of the evolving tactics being used and the range of entryways commonly being targeted by cybercriminals.
Mapping, monitoring, and tracking the evolving threat landscape is fundamental to any security strategy. That’s why FortiGuard Labs is constantly evaluating and analyzing the security incidents recorded by the millions of censors and security devices we have deployed in production environments around the globe. This collected intelligence is comprised of billions of threat events every day. Using advanced AI solutions built around our advanced artificial neural network (ANN) and our global teams of highly skilled threat researchers, we are uniquely able to provide the expertise and advanced threat intelligence cybersecurity teams need to deploy the correct security controls and processes to stay ahead of today’s determined cybercrime community.
Organizations undergoing digital transformation are rapidly introducing a host of new devices and environments into their networks. This might include connected IoT devices, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, third-party applications, etc. Because cyber threats often change and evolve in accordance with the expanding attack surface, subscribing to and leveraging threat research is an essential component of any organization’s security strategy. Each of these deployments represent a new entryway that cybercriminals can exploit, which drives the development of new strains of malware, botnets, and ways to exploit zero-day threats that organizations need to stay on top of. Without using a constant stream of critical threat intelligence and assessment to keep systems and strategies updated, those effective security protocols deployed a year ago will quickly lose their ability to protect your organization.
Unlike Fortinet’s weekly threat update that provides immediate insight into the latest threats, Fortinet’s Threat Landscape Report rolls up the major security events of the quarter to provide a bigger view into threat trends and security challenges. This information empowers IT and cybersecurity teams to adopt more effective security strategies to protect their networks. For full context and a better understanding of the major threats organizations currently face, the Threat Landscape Report for Q4 of 2018[AM1] also reflects on the major threat trends of 2018. These include:
If 2018 taught us anything, it’s that as cybercriminals discover new and more profitable ways to target networks, cyberattacks can change in an instant. To address the unpredictability of this challenge, we have long advocated a learn, segment, protect approach to minimize the efficacy of these threats. This goes beyond just learning about your own network, but taking a global approach to threat analysis and then rethinking security in order to defend against threats that haven’t even been created yet.
The biggest challenge many organizations face today is that they do not have the security infrastructure in place needed to conduct, consume, and implement the advanced threat research needed to alert them to new trends in cyberattacks or to zero-day vulnerabilities that must be patched. These organizations need to invest in threat intelligence services to help them focus on the most pressing security matters of the day, along with new security controls and processes that enable them to share, correlate, and respond to threats in a coordinated fashion and at digital speeds..
A FortiGuard Security Subscription enables IT teams to leverage in-depth global and local threat intelligence to secure their networks, with a comprehensive understanding of the threat landscape and the ability to respond quickly across network layers. When couple with a security fabric framework, organizations can automate threat discovery and response, thereby freeing up critical personnel resources to focus on strategic planning and threat analysis.
As the attack surface expands, cybercriminals are developing new threats to leverage additional entryways. To effectively secure networks, security teams must understand these tactics through advanced threat intelligence.
View the full report or the Fortinet Threat Landscape Indices for botnets, malware, and exploits for Q4, 2018.
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