Just when we think we’re out of the woods cyber-threats mutate and come at us again. We knew ransomware was bad, but we didn’t anticipate the WannaCry outbreak that took out substantial portions for the NHS for a while. We got used to warding off DDoS attacks, but not those perpetrated using botnets of IoT devices. We thought our telecoms providers were resilient, then they get taken down by a couple of kids in a back bedroom.
Like microscopic viruses in the physical world, cyber-threats change their DNA, mutating to take advantage of new vulnerabilities. The dumping of NSA exploits by the group Shadow Brokers was a godsend to criminals and other attackers giving them a whole new box of toys to play with, so we can expect more attacks where WannaCry came from, but the form they will take is much harder to predict.
While the incidents themselves may be hard to predict, that doesn’t mean we are all helpless in the face of them. There are patterns to be understood, intelligence to be gathered and solutions put in place. In short, there is plenty that organisations can do to prepare for the inevitable, and avoid to the worst.
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