SpearTip | July 27th, 2021

Global Security Operations continue to lead the way when responding to major security breaches that impact virtually every market segment in a post-covid world. Work from home increased pressure on threat actors from U.S. law enforcement, and threat actor capabilities continue to increase exponentially. The importance of levelling the playing field with threat actors has become more important than ever before.

There are many reasons threat actors are successful in breaching organizations and one of them is their ability to easily attack across borders while remaining anonymous and realizing financial gain with impunity. Some countries may be targeted more than others, but the bottom line is threat actors are looking for opportunity, not company size or standing. This is why improved cybersecurity protection for all businesses, not just large companies, is so critical.

Threat actors are very well integrated with each other and communicate efficiently through encrypted channels. This allows them to orchestrate their attack plans and recruit talent from across the globe. Recently, a Latvian TrickBot coder, one of the most invasive botnets in the world, was arraigned on several charges stemming from her involvement in infiltrating networks and stealing profit from businesses all over the globe. Yet, another example of the distributed functionality of these threat actors regardless of physical location and proves the increased pressure they’re facing from law enforcement.

When we see news of threat actor arrests, they are usually lower-level members of these cybercriminal groups. The people at the top usually remain untouched and continue the operation as a whole, which allows these groups to stay active in their quest of financial gain. Even if a threat group was completely dismantled, other groups will quickly fill the gap as they reassemble under a different moniker. These constant threats must be met with like vigilance in protecting and reacting to these threats at a moment’s notice.

Because of this constant activity, businesses need the top security talent with a global presence in network security to be able to protect their organization. The battle against cybercrime has a wide scope, but as an individual entity, reaching out to security firms like SpearTip will ensure your network security and defense is improved and your data remains protected from persistent threats.

In addition, tough questions need to be asked of the Executive Leadership – Why have you allowed this to happen?  True accountability and the demand for change lands at the feet of the C-Suite.

Businesses anywhere in the world can benefit from an experienced security firm handling and strengthening their security posture. If, not when, remains the motto for cyber threats. If you’re not actively repairing and assessing your network, they will find their way in and do unwanted damage. It was recently disclosed REvil ransomware operators performed over thirty-five thousand failed login attempts on RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) before successfully breaching a US nuclear contractor. This is a prime example of the borderless attacks and sophisticated threat actors’ abilities to be persistent with ease.

What does this mean to my organization?

Engaging with security firms who check all the boxes above is crucial since most companies do not have the internal ability to keep up with and defend against intelligent threat actors. Ask the high-level executives and board members within your organization if they view cybersecurity as a priority. If they don’t, then encourage them to involve a security firm that can deliver actionable results.

Most companies that are hit with ransomware or malware, in general, have never discussed cyber protection until it’s too late. Cyber-attacks can be costly for your business, but what costs, even more, is the downtime where your operations are not running as they should. Providing for your customers and being able to perform day to day tasks generates profit. When that is shut down, it directly affects your revenue.

All of this may seem complicated at first, but simply put, a Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) is the future for global cybersecurity protection and operational excellence. You can install all the antivirus tools you want, but the value comes in a 24/7 continuous monitoring cycle. When you see vulnerabilities or any security issues within your environment, talking directly to a certified, highly-technical engineer is the most concise path to dealing with threats head-on.