Thales and Verint announces their new report “The Cyberthreat Handbook”, which provides insights into the most significant groups of cyberattackers.
Following a year-long investigation, Thales and Verint, have produced detailed profiles of around 60 major groups of cyberattackers by studying 490 attack campaigns, as well provide a 360° view of the cyber-threat landscape.
“Joining forces with Thales strengthens our mutual ability to deliver comprehensive knowledge of potential threats, and thus provide the necessary cyber security protection,” said Elad Sharon, President, Verint Cyber Intelligence Solutions. “Verint Cyber Intelligence leverages years of intelligence domain expertise, embedded within investigation methodologies and technologies critical to prevent cyber-attacks before they get into the gateway of the organization. This report generates unique insights and knowledge to cyber and security experts to mitigate and foresee cyberattacks”.
Based on the motives and ultimate objectives of attackers, Thales and Verint defined four major categories. Just under half (49%) of attackers are state-sponsored groups often aiming to steal sensitive data from targets of geopolitical interest.
Over a quarter of attackers (26%) are ideologically motivated hacktivists, followed by cybercriminals (20%) who are motivated by financial gain. Cyberterrorists account for 5% of the groups analysed.
It was identified that the world’s major economic, political and military powers are priority targets for cyberattacks. The countries with the highest GDP are all at the top of the list of targets, headed by the United States, Russia, the EU and China.
It was noted that the sectors most targeted by major attacks are States and their defense capabilities, followed by the financial sector, energy and transportation sector. However attacks against the health sector are rapidly increasing.
A growing number of groups of attackers are now focusing on vulnerabilities in the supply chain, with a focus on smaller partners, suppliers and service providers that are used as trojans to access major targets.
Marc Darmon, Executive Vice President, Secure Communications and Information Systems Thales said:
“The Thales and Verint teams are immensely proud to release this report today as part of its technology and domain expertise cooperation. Unique in its breadth and depth, it is the culmination of many months of research, investigation and painstaking analysis and correlation of relevant data. As cyberthreats proliferate and evolve, cybersecurity clearly has a major role to play, particularly for critical infrastructure providers. It is our duty to analyse, understand and describe the techniques employed by cyberattackers so that our customers and all other businesses and organisations are better prepared to detect and anticipate future attacks.”
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