As large-scale cybersecurity attacks continue to proliferate in the enterprise, attackers are broadening their approach in order to strengthen their impact. A Tuesday report from Accenture Security outlined new methods that hackers are using to gain access, steal data, and make money.
According to a press release announcing the report, the results were collected from intelligence gathered from iDefense, a part of Accenture Security. In addition to the growth of the sheer number of attacks, they are also becoming more destructive and being utilized by other entities, such as nation-states, the release said.
“The first six months of 2017 have seen an evolution of ransomware producing more viral variants unleashed by potential state-sponsored actors and cybercriminals. Our findings confirm that a new bar has been set for cybersecurity teams across all industries to defend their assets in the coming months,” Josh Ray, managing director at Accenture Security, said in the release.
According to the report, here are the five most notable threats facing the enterprise in 2017:
“While the occurrence of new cyber attack methods is not going away, there are immediate actions companies can take to better protect themselves against malicious ransomware and reduce the impact of security breaches,” Ray said in the release.
In order order to improve their stance against these threats, the Accenture report recommended that businesses take the following steps: