Perhaps the most neglected element of security is simply network and device hygiene. While new, innovative threats continue to pop up on almost daily, our latest Global Threat Landscape Report reveals that long known and yet still unpatched vulnerabilities continue to serve as the primary gateway for attacks, with organizations reporting an average of 274 attacks per firm – a 82% increase over the previous quarter. This alarming trend emphasizes that while remaining vigilant for new threats and vulnerabilities in the wild is critical, organizations also need to stay focused on what is happening within their own environment.
Wikipedia defines steganography as “the practice of concealing a file, message, image, or video within another file, message, image, or video.” At this point, security professionals will immediately recognize the potential for steganography to act as vehicle for surreptitiously delivering malicious code into systems targeted for cybersecurity exploit, and subsequently exfiltrating purloined data from compromised devices. Given the ingenuity of the adversary community, it will be no surprise that the frequency of steganographically-based attacks has increased over the last couple of years.
2017 was another landmark year for cybersecurity. In reviewing our quarterly Threat Landscape reports, it is clear that 2017 has been notable primarily for three things: the rapid digital transformation and expansion of the potential attack surface, the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks, and a lapse in basic cybersecurity hygiene, largely being driven by digital transformation coupled with the growing cybersecurity skills gap.
Fortinet today announced the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals that high botnet reoccurrence rates and an increase of automated malware demonstrate that cybercriminals are leveraging common exploits combined with automated attack methods at unprecedented speed and scale.
Today we released our Q2 Global Threat Landscape report for 2017. The data in our quarterly threat analysis is drawn from over 3 million network devices and sensors deployed within live production environments around the world.
A look back and forward for our 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions. Threats are compounding at digital speeds, while resolutions, like manufacturers building security safeguards into their products, are proceeding at a snail’s pace. We need to start building security into tools and systems on day zero. We need alignment on ways to effectively see and combat new cybercrime. And we need to adopt integrated, collaborative, and automated procedures and technologies end to end to help us see and protect resources.
The recent WannaCry attack was interesting for a couple of reasons. First, the speed and scale of the attack was impressive. Over the course of a couple of days, hundreds of thousands of systems were affected and disrupted. Second, it also unveiled a disturbing trend. The attack malware exploited a known vulnerability that not only had been revealed through the highly public release of stolen cyber tools, but Microsoft had also released a patch for the targeted vulnerability over two months before. Which means that the scale of the attack was...
Threat report data is only as useful as the analysis and context that goes along with it. We asked Derek Manky, global security strategist with our FortiGuard Labs team, to share his thoughts on what some of the data in our recent Threat Landscape Report means going forward. What at a high level did you find interesting in the report? What did the data tell you from your global point of view? A few things stood out to me based on my years of working with the FortiGuard Labs team. At a high level, visibility and control over today’s...
There are a couple of important takeaways from our Threat Landscape report. First, while the more high profile attacks have dominated the headlines, the reality is that the majority of threats faced by most organizations are opportunistic in nature. Criminals tend to target low hanging fruit, so it is critical that you minimize your visible and accessible attack surface.