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Disrupting Initial Access Trends

About the Episode

Over the years, ransomware gangs have developed an arsenal of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that make it possible for them to progress from a single compromised endpoint to a widespread intrusion in a matter of minutes.

Studying Initial Access trends allows your organization to optimize multiple layers of defense for both cyber risk reduction and cost by reviewing previous cyberattacks and weighing potential future attack vectors.

In this Managing Cyber Risk podcast episode with host Hillarie McClure, eSentire’s Tia Hopkins, Field CTO & Chief Cyber Risk Strategist, and Spence Hutchinson, Principal Threat Researcher, discuss original research and key findings from eSentire’s ransomware report on Disrupting Initial Access.

Listen to the full podcast to learn more about:

  • Key observations with respect to cyberattackers and TTPs, and how cyberattacks are shifting away from traditional, well-defended pathways (e.g. email) to lesser-known avenues such as drive-by attacks
  • The goal of an adversary during malware delivery and how they accomplish this including what other vectors are being used
  • Users as a common theme across cyberattacks in terms of an attackers ability to successfully gain initial access and deliver malware
  • How your organization can protect and defend against these types of cyber threats


Tia Hopkins, Chief Cyber Resilience Officer & Field CTO,


Spence Hutchinson, Staff Threat Intelligence Researcher,



Hillarie McClure, VP of Multimedia Productions,

Cybersecurity Ventures

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