Enterprise Services Blog M-Trends 2017: A View From the Front Lines

M-Trends 2017: A View From the Front Lines

  • March 31, 2017

Our partnership with FireEye extends our expertise in the growing influence in cyber security by bringing our combined expertise with threat intelligence resources.

FireEye releases M-Trends 2017 with the latest trends we saw during the previous 12 months, and where we expect changes in the months ahead.

Every year Mandiant responds to a large number of cyber attacks, and 2016 was no exception. For our M-Trends 2017 report, we took a look at the incidents we investigated last year and provided a global and regional (the Americas, APAC and EMEA) analysis focused on attack trends, and defensive and emerging trends.

When it comes to attack trends, we’re seeing a much higher degree of sophistication than ever before. Nation-states continue to set a high bar for sophisticated cyber attacks, but some financial threat actors have caught up to the point where we no longer see the line separating the two. These groups have greatly upped their game and are thinking outside the box as well. One unexpected tactic we observed is attackers calling targets directly, showing us that they have become more brazen.

While there has been a marked acceleration of both the aggressiveness and sophistication of cyber attacks, defensive capabilities have been slower to evolve. We have observed that a majority of both victim organizations and those working diligently on defensive improvements are still lacking adequate fundamental security controls and capabilities to either prevent breaches or to minimize the damages and consequences of an inevitable compromise.

M-Trends combines forensic insights with forward-looking adversary intelligence for a fact-based, proactive approach to advancing your cyber security. Learn more at https://www.fireeye.com/current-threats/annual-threat-report/mtrends.html