The 2017 Annual Threat Report provides a yearly snapshot of threat events investigated by the eSentire Security Operations Center (SOC), and a glimpse into 2018 continued threat trends.

Key Findings

  • 400% growth in brute force and dictionary attacks (user passwords are still considered high-value targets).
  • Organizations need to revise their phishing awareness programs as phishing methods remain highly successful with a 130% success rate compared to last year.
  • DocuSign, Google, and Office 365 are the most prominent and successful lures used in phishing attacks.
  • Biotechnology leads other vertical markets in increased number of attacks, showing a 90% increase in alerts sent on hostile traffic.
    Despite limited media coverage, banking or information stealing malware is three times more prominent than ransomware.