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              Threat Intelligence Executive Report - Volume 2017, Number 2

              Review the global threat events and adversary trends over the last two months as analyzed by our CTU researchers

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

              The SecureWorks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) research team analyzes security threats and helps organizations protect their systems. During January and February 2017, CTU researchers identified lessons learned and observed notable developments in threat behaviors, the global threat landscape, and information security trends:

              • The NICKEL GLADSTONE threat group continued its trend of targeting financial networks for monetary gain.
              • The Iranian COBALT GYPSY threat group used shortened phishing links and Microsoft Word macros to target Middle Eastern organizations in multiple verticals.
              • The presence of three active threat groups on a single supplier’s network demonstrated third-party risks.
              • Limiting availability of native operating system administrative tools mitigates threat actors’ capabilities.

              Conclusion

              As sophisticated attacks increase and threat actors demonstrate greater adaptability, CTU researchers encourage organizations to consider the lessons learned from these incidents when planning and prioritizing cybersecurity strategies and operations. Implementing security best practices could limit the likelihood and impact of many intrusions, and understanding and addressing threat behaviors could help organizations anticipate and disrupt breaches and security incidents.

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