Proactively Defend Your Networks from the Most Common Attacks

While major cyber attacks and APT groups dominate the news, many organizations are more likely to be plagued by more common threats. In fact, according to a 2021 Threat Hunting report, the most common attacks observed by practitioners are malware, phishing, network intrusion, and ransomware.

The most common attacks that organizations proactively discover
Snapshot from Threat Hunting Survey that shows the most common attacks that organizations proactively discover

These basic attack vectors cause widespread disruption without garnering the same headlines as attacks on critical infrastructure or supply chains. Organizations of all sizes need to focus on the most prevalent risks to them and honing in on that is sometimes difficult in the environment of headline-grabbing APT attacks. While the overall cybersecurity market continues to grow, the number of analysts and operators is in shortfall. In this gap, every organization must be creative in reducing their risk by limiting the attack vectors in their environment.

A good place to start is by understanding which types of threat actors are most likely to attack you and limiting your exposure to them. Consequently, it’s useful to understand the most current trends of malware or actor campaigns targeting your specific industry. For example, cyber-criminal actors typically go after targets that are convenient or easy to monetize, which is why industry-specific attacks often follow one another (organizations in the same sector often use similar technology).

By enhancing your insight into the most common threats facing your organization, you can leverage this knowledge to your benefit by operationalizing defense mechanisms which could include using data feeds and analyst-driven technical analysis to inform your defensive techniques. To scale defenses up and drive risk down, you can use additional enrichment to prioritize work efforts and increase the amount of information your organization can process.

LookingGlass provides flexible mechanisms to continuously assess different aspects of your attack surface: business-critical assets, your enterprise-wide networks, and your entire industry.

For example, by having large-scale assessments of your industry, you can understand, over time, which types of threats are targeting your industry on a regular basis. This knowledge can help your organization create tailored datasets to protect your environment and prioritize your defenses against your organization. Situational awareness can help predict and prevent future attacks, putting your organization at an advantage against your peers. As shown below, specific types of malware are observed impacting the financial services industry over time.

Types of malware that have been observed impacting the financial services industry over time
Sample dashboard highlighting multiple threats that have been observed impacting the financial services industry over a period of time

By understanding which types of threats are most prevalent, you can proactively defend yourself against them with threat hunting techniques, through automated and analyst-driven mechanisms. Deploying data feeds to your network devices and having automated enrichment of Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) will provide your organization broader, more complete defense mechanisms and reduce the burden on your human analysts. This reduction in “alert volume” will free those analysts up to handle higher-criticality issues in your environment.  

Time organizations spend in proactive prevention of security threats
Snapshot from Threat Hunting Survey that shows the time organizations spend in proactive prevention of security threats

LookingGlass’s data, platforms, and enrichment can help your organization quickly understand common attacks, focus your defenses by leveraging tailored datasets, and move you toward a more proactive stance against the most common threats. Find out more by contacting us today.