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              May 2016 Threat Intelligence Executive Summary Report

              Review last month's significant events and trends in cybersecurity

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

              SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) cyber threat intelligence 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 vulnerabilities, malware, threat actors and methodologies, and law enforcement and government.

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

              • Mobile and PC Weaknesses - Weaknesses in mobile and PC applications led to rogue updates, flawed update models, and the disclosure of sensitive data.
              • Security Updates Delayed - Delayed or unavailable security updates for hardware and software products caused vendors to rush to remove flawed code embedded in their products.
              • Verticals Targeted - Analysts identified security issues plaguing the healthcare, education, and legal verticals.
              • Malware Updates - Malware experimented with novel exploits, delivery methods, evasion tactics, targets, and payment schemes.
              • Sensitive Data Stolen - Threat actors targeted various types of organizations to sell or dump stolen data.
              • Cybersecurity Strategies - The U.S. and Australia released separate plans for a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.

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