Cybersecurity expert, CrowdStrike, has released its CrowdStrike Falcon OverWatch 2020 Threat Hunting Report, which reveals the company has stopped 41,000 potential intrusions in the first half of 2020, compared to the 35,000 it saw in the whole of 2019.
The report found that this significant increase is driven primarily by the continued acceleration of eCrime activity but has also been impacted by the effects of the pandemic, which presented an expanded attack surface as organisations rapidly adopted remote workforces and created opportunities for adversaries to exploit public fear through COVID-19 themed social engineering strategies.
“Just like everything this year, the threat landscape has proven unpredictable and precarious as eCrime and state-sponsored actors have opportunistically taken aim at industries unable to escape the chaos of COVID-19, demonstrating clearly how cyberthreat activity is intrinsically linked to global economic and geo-political forces,” said Jennifer Ayers, Vice President of OverWatch and Security Response.
She added: “OverWatch threat hunting data demonstrates how adversaries are keenly attuned to their victim’s environment and ready to pivot to meet changing objectives or emerging opportunities. For this reason, organisations must implement a layered defence system that incorporates basic security hygiene, endpoint detection and response (EDR), expert threat hunting, strong passwords and employee education to properly defend their environments.”Click below to share this article