Cyber Attack automation turning lethal

Alert Logic, a Houston based security company has issued an alert that cyber attack automation will prove lethal to companies in coming months regardless of size and their operations.

The security firm came to a conclusion after analyzing the data from more than 1.2 billion anomalies, 7.2 million security events and 250,000 verified security incidents across its customer base over a fourteen month period between 2017 and 2018.

As cyber attacks are now being launched through software automation the threats are having the potential to subvert traditional security measures of companies- making them lethal.
According to the study, hackers are gaining vastly greater attack scale via new techniques such as Killchain Compression and Attack automation. This is making them achieve 88% success in attacks as recon, weaponization, delivery, exploitation, and installation takes place in a few minutes and as a single action. As this attack stream makes security measures employed by companies ineffective, its success rate becomes quintessential. 

Alert Logic report produces evidence that hackers are using automation to initiate random as well as recursive attacks that are capable of changing the assess risk dynamics of any organization. The password spray, and DDoS attacks stand as a tall example in this context.

Thus, as hackers are getting innovative and sophisticated in the way they launch cyber attacks, organizations who like to defend their IT assets have no other choice than to evolve in the way they approach their cyber risk mitigating security processes, procedures, and technologies.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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