HP Wolf Security has just released the findings of a global survey of 1,100 IT decision-makers (ITDMs), examining their concerns around rising nation-state attacks. 72% of respondents said they worry that nation-state tools, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) could filter through to the darknet and be used to attack their business. Such concerns are well-founded. In recent months, evidence has emerged that techniques deployed in the SolarWinds supply chain attack have already been adopted by ransomware gangs – a trend likely to continue.
<p>In recent months, we have seen nation-state attacks become more common with government agencies, but we have also seen non-government agencies increasingly becoming victims of these attacks. Non-Government sectors, such as technology, media outlets, critical infrastructure, manufacturing, healthcare, law firms, education, financial institutes, and telecommunications are all witnessing a rise in nation-state attacks. This is because these kinds of organisations are able to provide intellectual property and sensitive/classified information, which can be just as useful as the data that is held by governments.</p>
<p>Just as these attacks become more frequent, they are also becoming more dangerous, with cyber warfare spilling over into the real world in destructive and dangerous ways. Therefore, it is advised that in order to mitigate the likelihood of an attack, organisations within these sectors should use strong login credentials/MFA, stay up to date with the ever changing and diverse threat landscape & ensure that staff is security-aware and sceptical of unsolicited external communication.</p>