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Defending against todayís critical threats February 2019 Threat Report

White Paper Published By: Cisco EMEA
Cisco EMEA
Published:  Mar 08, 2019
Type:  White Paper
Length:  20 pages

When it comes to the threat landscape, itís important to take a look in the rearview mirror once in a while.

As with driving, not only do you get a good look at whatís behind you, but you can often spot whatís coming up quick, set to overtake you. 

Thatís the spirit of this threat report. Weíve picked out five key stories from the last year or so, not just because they were big events, but because we think these threats, or similar ones, could very well appear in the near future. Take modular threats like Emotet and VPNFilter, for example. 

These are threats that can deliver an on-demand menu of attacks and threats, depending on which device is infected or the intended goal of the attacker. We saw plenty of such modular threats in recent history, and wouldnít be surprised if we see more in the future.

Email remains the darling delivery method of attackers, with threats from cryptomining to Emotet using it to spread. Itís also highly likely that other threats, such as unauthorized MDM profile, used it too. This highlights how critical it is to keep a close eye on what is coming in through your mailbox.

there are some threats just want to watch the world burn, as is the case with Olympic Destroyer. We saw a number of threats like this in the last year, but none grabbed the headlines like an attack whose sole purpose appears to have been to disrupt the Winter Olympics.

So while we look back at some of the most impactful threats of 2018, itís important to be mindful of what made these threats so successful. Many of them may be in the rearview mirror for now, but have you passed them, or are they speeding up to pass you and your security strategy?



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