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              August 2016 Threat Intelligence Executive Summary Report

              Review the events and trends from the information security world last month

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

              SecureWorks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) security 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 — August 2016 discusses the following events and trends that were significant in July 2016:

              • Vulnerabilities Affected Sensitive Data - Researchers disclosed vulnerabilities in widely deployed software that handles sensitive data.
              • Business Websites Compromised - Business websites and platforms were compromised and used to spread malware.
              • Ransomware Added Features - Ransomware added conventional malware features, and exploit kit and downloader capabilities were enhanced to support ransomware.
              • Data Stolen and Leaked - Many threat groups committed cyberespionage and leaked data to support various causes or for financial gain.
              • Governments Address Threats - Computer security-related government initiatives and legislation addressed emerging threats, but some of the policies were criticized.

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