Intelligence and insights

In the past year, security strategies and practices have been tested like never before.

Alongside the breach opportunities presented by the pandemic, a population of extortionists is growing as new cybercriminals are drawn to low-risk, high-reward operations. Established ransomware operators are upping their game as they continue to focus on new monetization opportunities and see no limit to the potential profits.

And although many businesses have been drawn to the efficiency, elasticity and innovation of the cloud, they’ve been reminded of how security is the other side of change: Migrations and transformations  must be secure by design in order to place workloads securely in the cloud and enable better business outcomes.

As cyber threat evolutions complicate an already disrupted world, security leaders need to accelerate resilience, adapt to changes and make sure the C-suite is fully on board to support and promote their approach. Having the right intelligence at the right time can make all the difference. With the Accenture Cyber Threat Intelligence Report, we bring you the latest insights on how to protect your organization.

Our latest report focuses on early 2021 cyber threat trends and expert perspectives on threats to the operational technology (OT) landscape.

>60%

of intrusions incorporated data extortion in 2020

12

day average operational downtime due to ransomware in 2020

Our track record

Accenture Cyber Threat Intelligence has been creating relevant, timely and actionable threat intelligence for more than 20 years.

Our cyber threat intelligence and incident response teams have investigated numerous cases of suspected cyber espionage and financially motivated targeting. During these investigations, our threat intelligence analysts and incident responders have gained first-hand visibility of the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) employed by some of the most sophisticated cyber adversaries.

Now, we bring these insights to you. Our reports aim to enhance the work of your own security teams, bring value to your security technology investments, security processes and overarching business strategy, and help your organization on the path to cyber resilience.

"Each and every one of us needs clear visibility into our own vulnerabilities—and keeping pace with evolving cyber threats through better intelligence is the best way to be more prepared."

– JOSHUA RAY, Managing Director – Accenture Security

Trending cyber threats in 2021 include increased ransomware demands, abuse of penetration testing frameworks, commodity malware and Dark Web enablement of newcomer challenges to IT and OT networks.

Cyber threat intelligence provides context-rich threat intelligence and information, so that organizations can enhance their ability to detect and prevent threats before they escalate. A successful threat intelligence program comprises a comprehensive set of threat intelligence data, technical capabilities, people skills, and appropriate processes to deal with threats effectively.

Cyber threat intelligence helps organizations understand current and historical threat activity and threat actor motives and capabilities so that businesses can allocate resources more effectively and establish a more proactive security posture. By staying ahead of vulnerabilities and understanding geopolitical and regional threats, organizations can fortify their security infrastructure and protect business continuity.

Threat intelligence provides current information to support decision making and improve security. Analysts track threat actors and groups to stay abreast of malicious activities. They seek evidence of other malicious activity on the web such as the buying and selling of credentials, malcode and zero-day vulnerability exploits. With this information, they develop intelligence to detect and respond to threats faster. They also spend time evaluating applications to uncover vulnerabilities before threat actors can exploit them.

About the Authors

Joshua Ray

Managing Director – Accenture Security


Howard Marshall

Managing Director – Accenture Security


Valentino De Sousa

Senior Principal – Security Innovation


Christopher Foster

Senior Principal – Security Innovation


Jayson Jean

Senior Manager – Accenture Security

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