2018 IBM X Force Report: Shellshock Fades, Gozi Rises and Insider Threats Soar
By Michelle Alvarez
The IBM X-Force team examined numerous cyberthreats that shaped the threat landscape in 2017 and will continue to have an impact in 2018. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018 delved into some of the biggest issues the research team uncovered in the past year.
Cloud Misconfiguration Incidents Take Center Stage
Inadvertent insiders — employees who unwittingly caused security incidents through negligent actions — took center stage in 2017. According to the latest X-Force report, they were responsible for more than two-thirds of total records compromised last year. Misconfigured cloud servers and networked backup incidents unintentionally exposed more than 2 billion records, making confidential data ripe for picking.
More Highlights From the 2018 IBM X-Force Report
To uncover key trends in the 2017 cybersecurity threat landscape, such as the threat from inadvertent insiders, IBM X-Force research teams combed through and analyzed hundreds of millions of data points.
Below are a few important findings from the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018.
- Diminishing Shellshock attacks lead to a decline in network attacks and security incidents. Top targeted industries experienced a decline in attacks and security incidents — down 18 percent and 22 percent, respectively — in 2017 over the previous year. This decline is largely attributed to a reduction in Shellshock attacks, which is a result of the diminishing available attack surface due to patching. There were 71 percent fewer Shellshock attacks in 2017 than 2016.
- Gozi undergoes the most notable financial malware shift. The most active financial malware in 2017, Gozi (Ursnif), toppled Zeus from its No. 1 position. Gozi activity made up nearly one-fourth of the activity X-Force tracked, proving that organized crime is overtaking all other classes of threat actor in the financial malware-facilitated fraud scene.
- Destructive ransomworm attacks WannaCry, Not Petya and Bad Rabbit cost enterprises millions. Although many chief information security officers (CISOs) were already aware and concerned about crypto-ransomware, organizations faced a new breed of this threat in 2017. The X-Force report projects that this is likely to happen again in 2018.
Read the Report to Learn More
Read the full IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018 to discover how to keep pace with the changing threat landscape so you can make strategic decisions about cybersecurity and safeguard your business from costly cyberattacks.
Content originally appeared on the IBM Security Intelligence Blog