Modern Attacks are Increasingly Leveraging Evasive Behaviours
Industry Survey Finds Collaboration Between IT and Security Teams is a Top Priority Amidst Growing Tension and Staffing Concerns
READING, UK – Thursday 26th February 2020 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today released the VMware Carbon Black “2020 Cybersecurity Outlook” report, which offers a holistic view at how attackers have evolved, what defenders are doing to keep pace and how security and IT teams can work together in 2020 and beyond.
Click here to download the full report: https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/threat-research/cybersecurity-outlook-report/.
Using the MITRE ATT&CK™ framework as the backdrop for Section I of the research, the report uncovers the top attack tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) seen over the last year and provides specific guidance on ransomware, commodity malware, wipers, access mining and destructive attacks.
In Section II of the report, VMware Carbon Black collaborated with Forrester Consulting on a 624-person survey (IT / security manager and above, including CIOs and CISOs) to explore the current state of IT and security relationship dynamics from the C-level to the practitioner level, and how these will evolve.
Among some of the key findings from the report:
- Attacker behaviour continues to become more evasive, a clear sign that attackers are increasingly attempting to circumvent legacy security solutions. Defense evasion behaviour was seen in more than 90 percent of the 2,000 attack samples we analysed.
- Defense evasion behaviours continue to play a key role with ransomware (95 percent of analysed samples). These ransomware attacks are heavily targeting organisations in energy, government and manufacturing sectors.
- Wipers (attacks that can overwrite data and clear hard drives) continue to trend upward as adversaries (including Iran) began to realise the utility of purely destructive attacks.
- IT and security teams appear to be aligned on goals (preventing breaches, efficiency, incident resolution) but 77.4 percent of survey respondents said IT and security currently have a negative relationship, according to our study conducted with Forrester Consulting.
- 55 percent of survey respondents said driving collaboration across IT and security teams should be the organisation’s top priority over the next 12 months, according to the study.
- More than 50 percent of survey respondents said that both security and IT will share responsibility for key areas like endpoint security, security architecture and identity / access management over the next three to five years, according to the study.
For a full look at the key findings and to download the full report, click here: https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/threat-research/cybersecurity-outlook-report/.
“Defenders must stop thinking about how to achieve results on their own. Defenders must continue to build bridges with IT teams. The time for cooperation is now. We can no longer afford to go at this problem alone. We need IT teams to look toward security solutions that are built in and not bolted on. It’s time for security to become part of our organisational DNA. It’s time security becomes intrinsic to how we build, deploy and maintain technology,” said Rick McElroy, one of the report’s authors.
 ‘2020 Cybersecurity Outlook Report’ – a VMware Carbon Black research project. Using the MITRE ATT&CK™ framework as the backdrop for the Section I of the research, the report uncovers the top attack tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) seen over the last year and provides specific guidance on ransomware, commodity malware, wipers, access mining and destructive attacks. In Section II of the report, VMware Carbon Black collaborated with Forrester Consulting on a 624-person survey (IT / security manager and above, including CIOs and CISOs) to explore the current state of IT and security relationship dynamics from the C-level to the practitioner level, and how these will evolve.
 Source: a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of VMware, January 2020
VMware at RSA Conference 2020
Product demos and more will be on display this week at the RSA Conference in the Moscone North Expo, booth #6145. VMware Carbon Black will be in Moscone Expo North, booth #5873. Learn more about VMware’s security strategy and portfolio here: https://www.vmware.com/content/microsites/possible/stories-in/leverage-intrinsic-security.html.
On Wednesday, 26th February at 10:30 a.m. PT in Moscone West, VMware’s Sanjay Poonen will deliver the keynote address: “Rethink the Way You Secure Your Organisation with Intrinsic Security”, which will discuss how making security intrinsic can unlock new advantages and make life easier for security practitioners.
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