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“Today’s threats can outsmart old one-dimensional security approaches, regardless of how strong everyone thinks they are. Phishing, lists of pre-compromised accounts and networks sold online, and other resources make breaching a government organisation or Fortune 500 company within reach of a lot of different attackers,” said F-Secure security advisor Sean Sullivan. “We’re in a post-malware world because the threat landscape has industrialised and cyber criminals aren’t only relying on the most common types of malware to make money.”
The report provides data and insights on the key issues cyber security researchers and experts see dominating the threat landscape. Some key findings from the report include:
The report also contains features on notable events and trends from 2016, including information on Mirai-based botnets, upstream attacks, cyber crime and general IT trends that are shaping the threat landscape. Several other organisations also contributed articles to the report, including the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Virus Bulletin, and AV-TEST.
According to F-Secure security expert Andy Patel, the report was written to send a message to defenders about the importance of risk management. “Commodity malware, like ransomware, is still prevalent. And endpoint protection is great at protecting users from those threats. But defenders need to think about threat assessment, penetration testing, breach detection, incident response and crisis management if they want cyber security plans they can count on when attackers wise up to their defences.”
“The bomber will always get through, so defenders better be ready for it,” added Patel.
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