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Not only are we working nine-to-five at Microsoft 365 Nation but I’d offer 7×24 to find relevant conversations in a “365 World” for you to digest. This blog on securing advanced threats was interesting because it keys in on four trends that even surprised me:

  • Evolution of cryptojacking
  • Mobile malware
  • IoT Botnets
  • Shift Towards Swarm-as-a-Service

it’s no secret that today’s cyberthreats are complex — malware developers are rapidly expanding their attack capabilities to bypass modern security measures. However, as organizations across industries and of varying sizes continue to expand their digital transformation efforts, there’s a consistent obstacle that limits IT teams’ ability to effectively evolve alongside these new threats — network visibility.

Cybersecurity professionals are now tasked with maintaining their traditional security initiatives while simultaneously facilitating their organization’s adoption of new technologies, services and platforms. While these efforts are necessary to meet the demand for modern connectivity, convenience and efficiency, it also results in a weakened security posture. As organizations redesign their network infrastructures, visibility into new and old network elements can become inadvertently restricted as the security controls used to maintain security efforts grow increasingly fragmented.

(This byline originally appeared in Channel Futures as a bylined article.)

This trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by cybercriminals. Today, modern threats are capitalizing on this diminishing visibility and control to the fullest, leveraging a wide breadth of sophisticated attacks to breach network defenses. To properly defend against these attacks, partners need to understand the evolving threats facing their customers, as well as the security solutions and strategies needed to actively combat them.

Threat Trends Capitalize on Poor Visibility and Control

Based on threat data taken from millions of Fortinet devices across the world, the latest Global Threat Landscape Report for Q3 indicates that cyberthreats not only continue to target network vulnerabilities, but also seek to exploit the poor visibility and control resulting from the expansion of networks into the cloud and the rapid adoption of mobility and IoT. This quarterly report serves as an analysis of the current threat landscape facing organizations and their network security, while aiming to help network security teams identify key trends and shifts across the threat landscape.


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