Risky Business Is the New Normal

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2017-05-29 Email

The arms war between hackers and the business world continues to escalate. Although security tools and methods have improved dramatically over the last few years, cyber-attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, and almost every enterprise is now on high alert—especially after the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, which affected organizations around the world. Cyber-security firm SentinelOne offers some perspective in its "Enterprise Risk Index." Among the key issues and trends shaping today's cyber-security landscape: Nation state actors increasingly trade infection sustainability for stealth; they rely on multiple attack vectors in one attack chain; and the price for a ransomware infection is rising. However, the cost for recovery can also be steep. To more accurately pinpoint risk, the study focused on detections at the endpoint, rather than the gateway or statistical data from cloud collection systems. It also used machine learning to study behavioral characteristics of attacks. Here are some of the key findings from the study, which examined filtered data collected from more than two million data agents running on Windows machines.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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