The 6 Types of Threat Actors You Need to Know
If you’ve ever seen a true-crime documentary, you know that the first thing the detectives do upon discovering a crime is postulate the identity of the perpetrator.
To understand the motive, not to mention how the crime was committed, investigators play a game of psychological “what-ifs” to determine what sort of personality they are dealing with. The more they understand the criminal, the more likely they are not only to catch the villain, but also to prevent the crime from repeating.
The exploration of what sort of person commits cyber-crimes is still in its infancy. So much is made of the types of security we use to bottle up our assets, data, and infrastructures, that we don’t often think about who is behind the seemingly relentless stream of attacks that assault businesses, governments, and other web presences.
Why Are Crypto-Related Crimes on the Rise?
I remember it when this January, my brother told me that he’d bought some Bitcoins. I knew about the cryptocurrency, of course, but didn’t think much of it. However, given that someone I actually knew is now trading Bitcoins, I decided to dig a little deeper and pay more attention.
This was shortly after the Bitcoin craze that happened in 2017, when everybody and their mother bought Bitcoins and in December it got to over $17,500 per Bitcoin. Not much later, however, the “casuals” lost interest in it (probably finding some new shiny thing to keep them occupied for a while) and Bitcoin price started dropping again, going bellow $8,000 on 5th February.
Hackers Refine Phishing Techniques
In early January 2017, the payroll manager of Sunrun fulfilled what was meant to be a routine request for the W-2 tax forms of its 4,000 employees around the United States. The company offers leases for solar power equipment and services for homeowners.
The urgent request had come from the Sunrun’s CEO Lynn Jurich – or so it seemed. The information the payroll department emailed out included staff social security numbers, wage and tax figures, and addresses. The company discovered the well-planned email scam within an hour of the request, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
A blend of technology, training, and policy solutions could have averted this scenario, as well as many others that occur every day.
6 Steps to Improve Your Threat Intelligence Platform
Cyber threats can come in many forms and shapes. From phishing attacks, social engineering and worms, to APTs - just to name a few - your company should be on constant lookout for those cyber threats and ways to prevent them. Otherwise, the impact on your finances and reputation with customers and shareholders may prove to be too much.
This is why your company needs to have a solid threat intelligence platform in place. With it, you can have at least some peace of mind when it comes to cyber threats that lurk around the online and offline world (remember, not all such attacks come from the Internet).
Just How Secure Is Your Organization in Today's Digital World?
Have you sat down with your IT department lately to review the strength of your organization’s cybersecurity plans? Have you recently experienced a data breach that has you questioning whether your company’s servers are actually secure? Ensuring that your organization’s threat intelligence is optimally prepared to prevent and combat cyberattacks is increasingly important in today’s digital world. In addition to listing the number of technical security tools you have in place, it is further necessary to consider the holistic environment of digital defense that your office maintains.
What to Look for in a Threat Intelligence Platform
Data protection and breach prevention have never been higher on the agenda. More and more IP assets and private details about customers, users, and employees are stored and transmitted online across multiple internal and external systems.
While that can be beneficial in many ways, this digital-driven environment has made it increasingly easy and lucrative for malicious outsiders to execute all kinds of sneaky attacks: advanced persistent threats, malware, phishing, and countless others. As a result, almost five million records are lost or stolen every day, and the cost of cybercrime worldwide is projected to rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021.
Automated Threat Intel Processing
This year 2018 in cyber security is about governance, automation and intelligence. More and more, critical infrastructure services are available only in the space of “cyber”. At the same time, malware incidents are causing immense losses for businesses, undermining sovereignty of many authorities and causing threats to human lives as well. Modern cyber authorities, sovereigns in the cyberspace, need access to better threat intelligence, to support their securitizing functions. But, manual processing even part of threat intelligence feeds takes time — and the network, as well as whole “cyber” space, is evolving all the time.
How Does Threat Intelligence Benefit Your Organization?
As a technology professional, you understand the need to keep your company protected from cyber-attacks. In fact, many would argue that there is no greater priority for IT departments than to keep their organization secure. However, most security measures that are implemented are based on blanket strategies that only hope to catch intruders before they cause any damage. With the threat of a security breach being ever-present, threat intelligence is necessary in order to gain information on potential threats and confidently protect against any strikes.