Although cybercriminals depend on innovation in order to stay ahead of security safeguards, they are still subject to maximizing ROI. Generally, new attacks are outnumbered by reconfigured malware and the resurrection of old attacks in a new wrapper.
Highlights from the latest Fortinet Threat Landscape Report, a valuable resource for any organization looking to stay ahead of today’s latest threat challenges.
The biggest security challenge facing individuals and businesses today isn’t scale. It’s hyperconnectivity. The various devices and applications being used in homes or at organizations have now become so intertwined that it’s hard to keep them separate. The cloud allows users to access data and information from any device with a Wi-Fi connection or data plan, and IT consumerization encourages those same users to download new applications and storage solutions to use and share across a wide variety of devices.
The evolution of malware is being fueled largely by the proliferation of IoT. According to Gartner data, there were about 8 billion connected “things” in 2017. But that number is expected to nearly triple to more than 20 billion in just the next two years, which averages out to roughly three connected devices per person on Earth. Simply put, the opportunity for cybercriminals to enter networks and steal data or hold segments (or the entirety) of the network hostage is growing at an exponential rate, with no signs of slowing down.
OT networks can cover huge amounts of real estate and span a variety of network segments. Protection requires broad, integrated, and automated security systems that can see and respond to threats immediately, anywhere across the extended network.