Report reveals important rise in threats across expanding attack surfaces

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A recent report by Skybox Security revealed a massive rise in cyber threats globally due to the pandemic and the expanding attack surfaces.

It was reported that new malware samples almost doubled, with an increase of 106% year-over-year. Similarly, Trojans increased 128%, as threat actors started using trojans to exploit lower-severity vulnerabilities. Hence, these sophisticated, multi-staged attacks and malware-as-a-service have unfortunately become more common than ever.

The study also found out that vulnerabilities reached a new level as 18,341 new vulnerabilities were discovered in 2020. It was then suggested that security and risk leaders need sophisticated insights into which vulnerabilities are high-risk and have remediation options. 

Moreover, critical infrastructure has never been more vulnerable than now where operational technology (OT) vulnerabilities have increased 30% year-over-year. The report recommended expanding security posture management from IT to OT environments.

Besides, industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) flaws have also increased 308% year-over-year. It is then becoming vital that companies consider modeling, risk, and attack vectors across organizational boundaries to address convergence between different networked environments.

These challenges are significant but not impossible to overcome. Organizations need to adopt a strong security posture management in order to prepare for the return to growth in a post-pandemic economy.

Traditional security strategies are no longer good enough, security efforts need to evolve and create a dynamic network model to visualize and assess security controls and network segmentation effectiveness. This is the only way security teams can be truly prepared and understand cyber exposure, find vulnerabilities and have a remediation strategy.

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