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              April 2016 Threat Intelligence Executive Summary Report

              Presented by the Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) Research Team

              Threat Intelligence provides the power to protect your organization against emerging threats.

              SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) research team delivers this power by offering learnings and observations of the cyber threat landscape in a monthly Threat Intelligence Executive Summary.

              In this report you will learn the latest security trends from the previous month that were identified as significant by the CTU research team. The Executive Monthly report covers trends as they relate to security vulnerabilities, malware, threat actors and methodologies, and law enforcement and government.

              SecureWorks Threat Intelligence Executive Summary — April 2016 discusses the following events and trends that were significant in March 2016:

              • Systems Exposed - Vulnerabilities in ubiquitous corporate products and mobile devices presented lucrative targeting opportunities.
              • Lax Policies = Risks - Misconfigurations and lax security policies introduced risks for data theft, financial fraud, and further compromises.
              • Ransomware Reigned - Ransomware was the most popular malware type in March, which led to many more infections and innovations than other malware types this month.
              • Financial Organizations Hit - Threat actors focused on targets in the financial vertical.
              • Encryption Debate Unresolved - The FBI unlocked a terrorist's iPhone without Apple's assistance, continuing the war between encryption and law enforcement access.

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