Good morning Monday – Hello cyberattack
In close cooperation with Dimension Data The recent NTT Global Threat Intelligence Report has just been released. And some of the findings are startling. One such finding is a massive increase in malware detections on Monday mornings when users reconnect their devices to corporate networks.
What’s interesting here is that security vulnerabilities are mostly related to end-user systems and not servers. As a result, threats targeting end-user devices have never been higher. As many as seven out of the top ten vulnerabilities identified in the Global Threat intelligence Report were on end-user systems.
This trend supports the argument that the security perimeter in organisations is dissolving, owing to the fact that end-user devices being used both inside and outside the corporate security perimeter.
So what we’re seeing is that when end-users (and their devices) leave the office for the weekend and are therefore outside of security controls of the corporate network, the devices become targets for attacks. The malware industry is maturing, with malware becoming commoditised and available through dark net marketplaces. This means that the barrier to entry for cybercriminals is a minimal financial investment, but for a potentially large return.
So what can you do about this? I would recommend starting with familiarising yourself with the findings of the Global Threat Intelligence Report. Next, you should shift your IT security focus to the end-user and their devices, regardless of location. .