In the past year, security strategies and practices have been tested like no other. Rapidly accelerated digital transformations, opportunistic phishing campaigns, discontinuity of information security operations and financial constraints are creating the perfect storm in a COVID-19-disrupted world. CISOs who understand these challenges and can pivot their security approach can help their organizations to emerge stronger.
Accenture cyber threat intelligence and incident response teams have been creating relevant, timely and actionable threat intelligence for more than 20 years. We unravel the changes in cybersecurity threats in the last 12 months and discover five factors that are influencing the cyberthreat landscape.
What’s inside the 2020 Cyber Threatscape report?
Since our report in 2019, our cyber threat intelligence and incident response teams have gained first-hand visibility of the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) employed by some of the most sophisticated cyber adversaries.
In this latest report, Accenture Cyber Threat Intelligence, backed by teams from recent acquisitions Context and Deja vu Security, aims to help clients, partners and community members by offering information so that they can stay ahead of threats relevant to their businesses, industries and geographies.
Five frontline trends
Our 2020 Cyber Threatscape report reveals five factors that are influencing the cyberthreat landscape.
A flexible future
The unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis that has gripped our world during 2020 has opened the door to innovative cybercrime. Organizations can take steps to a more flexible and secure future if they:
- Think "anytime, anywhere": Secure all users, devices, and network traffic consistently with the same degree of effectiveness.
- Be transparent: Give users access to what they need when they need it.
- Inspire calm and confidence: Make security leaders the catalyst for change, using empathy and compassion to deliver a more agile response.
- Where possible, simplify: Consider managed services and automate where it makes sense.
- Build for resilience: Make business continuity and crisis management plans fit for purpose, backed by the right resources and investments.
By putting such measures in place, organizations have an opportunity to outmaneuver uncertainty, emerge stronger from crises, and gain greater cyber resilience.