Accenture Mid-Year Threatscape Report Identifies Five Global Cybersecurity Threats
Aug. 07, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2018--Organizations and critical infrastructure will likely experience a greater number of, and more-destructive cyberattacks, including physical damage perpetrated by highly funded rogue nation states and cybercriminals looking to disrupt business operations, make money or spy on targets, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
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Specifically, the report predicts an escalation of Iran-based cyber-threat activity; a broadening attack of global supply chains; increased targeting of critical infrastructure; as well as new and growing avenues of financially motivated cybercrime.
The Cyber Threatscape Report 2018 examines trends in cyber threats observed and analyzed during the first half of the year and explores how cyber incidents might evolve over the next six months. The report is based on intelligence collection and analysis from Accenture Security’s iDefense threat intelligence operations, including research using primary and secondary open-source materials. It notes the increased prevalence of destructive attacks; the aggressive use of information operations by nation-states; the growth in the numbers and diversity of threat actors; as well as the greater availability of exploits, tools, encryption and anonymous payment systems available to malicious actors.
“Our threat intelligence teams have spent the last 20 years keeping close track of threat actors and cyber crooks and the creative ways they might try to break into networks,” said Josh Ray, managing director at Accenture Security. “To protect against these emerging threats and respond if they should fall victim to an attack, organizations must be proactive in thinking about business risk on a day-to-day basis. Learning from previous incidents and understanding what is coming next based on timely and actionable threat intelligence is key to keeping data and systems safe.”
The report outlines five key threats:
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