Deepwatch Releases 2023 Adversary Tactics and Intelligence (ATI) Annual Threat Report

Published On: May 14, 2023Categories: Buzz, Uncategorized

Ransomware operators conducted frequent attacks and demanded more ransom than ever, according to the 2023 Annual Threat Report created by Deepwatch, a Tampa-based managed detection and response (MDR) company. The report also states that attackers are brazenly publicizing victims and stoking an ecosystem of access brokers, ransomware service providers, insurance providers, and ransom negotiators.

The war between Ukraine and Russia unleashed a flurry of amateur and state-sponsored attacks and breaches on organizations and critical infrastructure.
A record 26,448 software security flaws were reported by CISA, with the number of critical vulnerabilities (CVEs) up 59% from 2021, a total of 4,135.

“In 2022, Security Operations teams were forced to contend with the dual sided challenge of a rapidly expanding attack surface and increasingly complex threats,” said Jerrod Barton, Senior Director of ATI at Deepwatch. “As we move forward in 2023, data extortion and attacks of opportunity will continue to evolve, employing different extortion tactics and techniques to force victims to pay the ransom. With threats evolving quickly, security organizations must operationalize threat intelligence by gathering data from every possible source, then effectively processing, correlating, and incorporating that information into day-to-day security operations to reduce risk.”

As cybercriminals look for new ways to access sensitive information for financial gain, information stealing malware will continue to grow in popularity in 2023. As the amount of personal and financial data stored and transmitted online increases, cybercriminals will have more opportunities to steal this information. In addition, as more businesses and individuals work remotely and use devices to access sensitive internet-facing systems, the attack surface increases, giving cybercriminals more attack vectors.

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With the increasing complexity of software systems and the growing number of devices connected to the internet, the attack surface for cybercriminals continues to expand. As more sensitive information is stored and processed online, the incentives for attackers to find and exploit vulnerabilities in software systems will continue to grow. Furthermore, many companies and organizations do not have sound vulnerability management programs to identify and fix vulnerabilities in their software systems, making them attractive targets for cybercriminals. Channel partner have a powerful opportunity to intercede on their client’s behalf.

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