The 2019 NTT Security GTIR : Top 4 Cybersecurity Highlights!

Here are the top 4 highlights of the newly-released 2019 NTT Security GTIR (Global Threat Intelligence Report)!

Find out what NTT Security discovered in their research on the current state of cybersecurity across the world!

The 2019 NTT Security GTIR : Top 4 Cybersecurity Highlights!

 

The 2019 NTT Security GTIR : Top 4 Cybersecurity Highlights!

2019 NTT GTIR Highlight #1 : Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

2018 set a new record – over 16,500 new vulnerabilities identified and reported in a single year!

Many of those vulnerabilities, like GNU Bash (also known as Shellshock), were discovered in older software that have been present for years.

Other vulnerabilities were, ironically, introduced through patches meant to fix other vulnerabilities.

2019 NTT cybersecurity vulnerabilities

NTT Security’s research also showed that the time-to-fix increased for all risk levels, except for medium risks. In addition, the window of exposure across all industries remains too long.

2019 NTT GTIR Highlight #2 : Cybersecurity Maturity

Globally, the average cybersecurity maturity rating stands at 1.45 out of 5 – a score which NTT Security considers to be extremely worrying, especially when security vulnerabilities are surging to a record high (up 12.5% from 2017).

The finance (1.71) and technology (1.66) sectors boast the highest maturity ratings, and continue to ramp up their security posture.

This is most likely prompted by their positions as the most commonly targeted industries, each accounting for 17% of all attacks recorded in 2018.

2019 NTT cybersecurity maturity

Interestingly, NTT Security noted that the attack volume correlated with the organisation’s willingness to improve their cybersecurity defences.

Regionally, MEA and Australia are the most prepared, and have the highest cybersecurity maturity ambitions.

2019 NTT cybersecurity maturity regional

But ambitions outpaced preparedness most noticeably in the Americas and Europe – they both fall behind the global benchmark.

2019 NTT GTIR Highlight #3 : Attack Types

After scouring trillions of logs and billions of attacks, NTT Security reported the most common attack types, with web attacks the most prevalent threat. They have doubled in frequency since 2017, and accounted for 32% of all attacks detected last year.

2019 NTT attack types

Reconnaissance (16%) was the next most common hostile activity, closely followed by service-specific attacks (13%) and brute-force attacks (12%).

Interestingly, cryptojacking sometimes accounted for more detections than all other malware combined!

2019 NTT GTIR Highlight #4 : Attack Locations

Globally, 35% of attacks originate from IP addresses within the US and China, followed by EMEA and APAC.

NTT Security points out that attackers are leveraging the infrastructure in the US and China to launch attacks. And remember – the attack source IP address does not always reflect the attacker’s true location.

2019 NTT attack locations

 

More On The 2019 NTT Security GTIR

We had the opportunity to sit down with Mark Thomas, VP of Cybersecurity and other members of Dimension Data (now part of NTT Limited) for a Q&A session on the 2019 NTT Security GTIR and cybersecurity landscape.

You can download the executive guide to the 2019 NTT Security Global Threat Intelligence Report here.

 

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