Navigating the Shift in Attack Patterns: A CISO's Guide


As we advance into 2024, the cyber threat landscape is undergoing a significant transformation. The sophistication of cybercriminals, fueled by technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, is on the rise. The traditional focus on infrastructure vulnerabilities is shifting towards more insidious attack vectors, particularly those targeting identity and credentials.

The Evolution of Cyber Threats

The digital era has expanded the attack surface, with edge devices becoming new targets for both nation-state actors and cybercriminals. The involvement of government-affiliated groups in disruptive hacktivism campaigns has raised concerns about the political motives behind cyberattacks. Moreover, the cloud environment, once considered a stronghold, is now seen as Achilles' heel due to token security challenges, making remote access and authentication more vulnerable​.

The Rise of Identity-Based Attacks

One of the most alarming trends is the surge in identity-based attacks. Adversaries are no longer just hacking into systems; they are logging in with valid credentials. This method of attack was highlighted by CrowdStrike's 2024 Global Threat Report, which noted a significant increase in phishing, social engineering, and the use of stolen API keys for initial access.

Cloud Vulnerabilities and Supply Chain Risks:

The shift towards cloud computing has not gone unnoticed by cybercriminals. The 2024 Global Threat Report from CrowdStrike also points to a 75% increase in cloud intrusions, indicating that cloud environments are becoming a prime battleground for cyberattacks. This trend is compounded by the rise in supply chain attacks, where a single breach can have widespread ramifications across multiple organizations​.

Mitigating the New Wave of Cyber Threats

To address these evolving threats, organizations must pivot their cybersecurity strategies. Emphasizing foundational best practices such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) remains critical. However, the alarming rate of password-based attacks, with an average of 4,000 attacks per second reported in 2023, necessitates a more robust response​.

In light of the evolving cyber threat landscape, where identity-based attacks and cloud vulnerabilities increasingly challenge our security posture, the imperative for advanced, integrated defense mechanisms has never been more pronounced. Recognizing this shift, Veritas 360 Defense stands at the forefront, offering a comprehensive solution that not only aims at recovery but empowers SecOps teams with the necessary tools and integrations to effectively defend against today's sophisticated threats and foresee the challenges of tomorrow.

Veritas 360 Defense unifies data protection, security, and governance capabilities, enhanced by an expanding ecosystem of security partners. This unique approach ensures that your organization is not just equipped to respond to incidents but is also proactive in preventing them, thereby maintaining control over your data, enhancing resilience against cyber threats, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

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Christos Tulumba
Chief Information Security Officer