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Bitdefender Threat Review: August 2023

Bitdefender Threat Review: August 2023

In an ever-evolving digital landscape, the realm of cybersecurity is fraught with peril. Bitdefender Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Insights shed light on the intricacies of threat modeling and the relentless battle against ransomware, underscoring the vital role played by understanding the broader threat landscape.

A Comprehensive Vision of the Threat Landscape

The term "threat landscape" encompasses the multifaceted panorama of potential cybersecurity perils that loom over individuals, organizations, and systems. This perilous terrain encompasses a myriad of cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and potential adversaries. To navigate this treacherous terrain successfully, it is imperative to gain a deep understanding of the threat landscape, as it serves as the linchpin for identifying, evaluating, and mitigating security risks.

So, how does one embark on this journey of assessment and comprehension?

The foundation of threat modeling rests upon meticulous analyst research and information gathering. This initial phase subsequently steers activities like monitoring, establishing baselines, and embarking on the quest for threats. Armed with this indispensable data, a shift in mindset is imperative—adopt the perspective of an assailant. Here are seven critical facets to consider:

  • Past Targeting: Scrutinize prior attacks, irrespective of their success, to dissect the attack vectors, targets, and strategies employed.
  • Motivations for Targeting: Delve into potential motives behind your organization becoming a target, ranging from financial gain to disruption, theft, or espionage.
  • Affiliations and Third Parties: Assess your affiliations with third-party entities, as their vulnerability can make your organization susceptible if they fall prey to cyberattacks.
  • Adversarial Tactics: Contemplate how adversaries might approach their objectives, capitalizing on vulnerabilities such as inadequate asset management or outdated technology.
  • Technical Preparedness: Examine your technical infrastructure for vulnerabilities, ensuring robust patching, user training, and well-defined incident response protocols.
  • Adapting to Changes: Consider the influence of local or global events on your operations and remote work, and align your cybersecurity measures accordingly.
  • Industry Insights: Investigate prevailing cyberattack trends relevant to your industry and geographic location.

This holistic approach unveils the contours of your organization's attack surface. Take, for instance, the hypothetical scenario of ACME BANKS R Us (ABRU) adopting this methodology. ABRU would acknowledge the persistent threat of financially motivated groups deploying banking malware and ransomware. Phishing and social engineering would emerge as potential vulnerabilities on their radar. ABRU's technology stack would assume significance as a potential weak point, necessitating relentless maintenance to thwart exploitation. Threat actors, equipped with preferred admin tools like PsExec, could remotely execute programs, further emphasizing the urgency of fortifying defenses.

The concept of the threat landscape adds an additional layer of insight, allowing organizations to consider possibilities that may have initially eluded them during threat modeling. Recognizing risks and the assets in need of safeguarding informs decisions regarding security tools, training, and processes. This, in turn, fortifies defenses against potential attacks and positions organizations for success in the event of security incidents.

Ransomware on the Radar

In the relentless battle against cyber adversaries, ransomware has emerged as a potent weapon. Spear phishing attacks often serve as the initial vector of intrusion, with ransomware infection marking the culmination of the kill chain. Our latest report delves into the world of ransomware, drawing insights from malware detections collected in July 2023 through our static anti-malware engines.

It is crucial to note that our analysis focuses on ransomware detections, not the financial impact of infections. Opportunistic adversaries and Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) groups take center stage, driven by a preference for volume over higher-value targets.

Top 10 Ransomware Families

Our analysis spans the period from July 1 to July 31, 2023, during which we identified a staggering 227 ransomware families. The variability in detected ransomware families each month underscores the dynamic nature of ransomware campaigns across different countries.

Top 10 Countries

The global reach of ransomware is starkly evident as we detected ransomware from 136 countries within our dataset for the month. Ransomware's pervasive threat touches nearly every corner of the globe. The list of the top 10 countries most impacted by ransomware reflects the correlation between population size and the frequency of detections, highlighting the opportunistic nature of many ransomware attacks.

In an era where cyber threats evolve incessantly, comprehending the threat landscape and dissecting the nuances of ransomware trends stand as pillars of defense. These insights empower organizations to safeguard their digital domains and fortify their resilience against the ever-present specter of cyberattacks.