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JUL 2017

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Visit us at ISC West In Las Vegas | April 5-7, 2017 Booth #23089 Visit us at ISC West In Las Vegas | April 5-7, 2016 Booth #23089 SEC u RIT y S y STEMS NEWS July 2017 suppliers 25 NTT Security releases cybersecurity report By Paul Ragusa OMAHA, Neb.—NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has launched its 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR), which highlights the latest ransomware, phishing and DDoS attack trends and demonstrates the impact of today's threats against global organizations. Analyzing content from NTT Group operating companies, includ- ing NTT Security, Dimension Data, NTT Communications and NTT Data, and data from the Global Threat Intelligence Center (for- merly known as SERT), the report analyzes global threat trends based on log, event, attack, incident and vulnerability data from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 31, 2016. With phishing now widely used as a mechanism for distributing ransomware—a form of malware designed to hold data or devices hostage—the report reveals that 77 percent of all detected ransomware globally was in four main sec- tors: business & professional ser vices (28 percent), government (19 percent), health care (15 percent) and retail (15 percent). Rob Kraus, director, security research and strategy, NTT Security, told Security Systems News that for this year's report "we really tried to target the C-level executives and the end users, whereas previously we had focused more on technical jargon and getting deep down into the weeds on the technical side. We took a step back this year and decided in this report to really focus on threats in layman's terms. We wanted it to be simple enough to be understood by a larger audience, while still providing some of the technical details if a company wants to get deeper into certain areas that they are most vulnerable in." Kraus noted that another goal was to focus on making sure the report was regionally significant, so it is broken down by geographic region, identifying the most preva- lent attacks for each region, and explaining how each attack happens while offering step-by-step mea- sures that can be taken to prevent and respond to the attacks, from both a management and technical perspective. According to the report, ransom- ware played a very large part in the most prevalent types of attacks observed in the Americas during 2016. While IoT challenges loom, the Americas have recently received a significant amount of attention from Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks, which are sometimes called CEO fraud. BEC attacks were years and then kind of slowed, and then ransomware followed, and those attacks are still happening but they are not as prevalent as previous years because of increased awareness. Now we are in the BEC phase, and my prediction is with the focus on IoT the next couple of years you will find exploit kits that are developed specifically just for IoT, and I am sure there are several out there now already." Now in its fifth year, one of the key points of the GTIR report "was to emphasize that cybersecurity is a business problem," said Kraus. "For too long businesses have been looking at it as a technical problem but I think that businesses now are just starting to make the turn to the second most common type of phishing attack, which NTT Security supported with incident response engagements both globally, and in the Americas specifically. "Attacks rise and fall as new vulnerabilities are identified, but the big hitters follow a 2- to 3 year trend," Kraus explained. "So sequel injection was really hot for a few understand risk and loss and the business impact of cyber attacks." He continued, "We see in some places that things are getting better; for instance, awareness and educa- tion about threats have improved. One of the important messages, though, is that we can't rest on that. The attackers are too smart and they Rob Kraus We make your company more valuable. 877.725.1114 • Keep updated on our new products and features: @dmpalarms Up Your Installation Game A smart-breakthrough-technology app for technicians uses Automated Panel Programming to cut install times and save you money. With complete panel programming, instant access to documentation, troubleshooting information, zone statuses, Wi-Fi signal strength, cellular-device activation and more, techies will have a dynamic resource on hand for painless installs. NTT see page 27

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