Gartner Research

How to Respond to the 2017 Threat Landscape

Published: 08 December 2016

ID: G00314549

Analyst(s): Greg Young

Summary

Counting attacks is a fruitless effort. Taking action based on threat trends is the best step. Hackers with increasing sophistication, nation-state connections and motivated by monetized cyber intrusions challenge security and risk management leaders to discern what threats represent the most risk.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Several evolving tactics in cyber intrusion and increased evasion combined with recurring operational challenges like staffing shortages leave security leaders disadvantaged in ever-shifting threat landscapes
  • The protection gap is getting wider with the monetary yields of ransomware, the spread of encryption that blinds network security and increased state influence driving malicious actors to outperform security leaders' ability to protect
  • Business trends and accelerating technology adoption have left security managers struggling to perceive how new business ventures and policies create requirements for new safeguards

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