… 133 percent increase when compared to the first half of 2017.
So what will this number look like by June 2019? Executives and researchers at threat intelligence company DomainTools shared their predictions for the future of the cybersecurity landscape.
The nature of cyberwarfare is changing as Russia has led the way in the use of targeted cyber actions as part of larger objectives, and now other nation states are looking to follow the same playbook, said Sean McNee, DomainTools’ senior data scientist.
“While a direct cyberwar is not on the horizon, there will continue to be smaller proxy cyberwars as part of regional conflicts where larger nation-state actors provide material support to these smaller conflicts,” he said. “These regional conflicts will be testing grounds for new tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) as larger nation states determine how cyberwarfare integrates into their larger military objectives. Nation states will also start experimenting more this year in adding ‘disinformation’ campaigns as part of their cyberwarfare efforts. The goal of these campaigns is to mask the nation-state performing the attack by using the TTPs of a different nation state as part of their attack.”
The success of nation-states at using social media to influence elections in some countries will embolden them to expand their influence to other areas, McNee said.
“We expect nation-states to target corporations with a new set of goals: manipulation and control,” he said. “Instead of infrastructure destruction or data exfiltration, the goal is long-term data manipulation to affect public perception and financial performance. Results can be the undermining of strategic deals, introduction of supply-chain inefficiencies, and increased employee churn. This leads to missed quarterly earnings, with nation-state friendly actors benefiting from shorting the stock, or leads to nation-state friendly competitors taking over in the marketplace.”
And as breaches continue to impact individuals’ personally identifiable information and companies continue to falter in their approach to security, the public will start to hold companies more responsible, said Corin Imai, DomainTools’ senior security advisor.
“It will be a chicken-or-the-egg situation, with some companies seeing the writing on the wall and acting first to protect their brand, and other companies waiting for the fallout to see what the damage is,” he said. “This is currently happening and will continue to do so.”
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