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New IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence Index is here: Gain insights into the cyberthreat landscape

By John Zorabedian posted Wed February 22, 2023 08:00 AM


How are threat actors infiltrating businesses, what types of attacks are they using, and who are they targeting? The IBM Security X-Force Threat intelligence Index 2023 report—now in its 11th year—provides the latest insights to help CISOs, security teams, and business leaders understand how to improve their organization’s cybersecurity posture to match the changing threat landscape.

The report provides essential findings based on threat data and incident response engagements, including the top attack points and actions of the past year, from vulnerability exploitation and malware-infused spam to ransomware and backdoors. Plus, it offers expert analysis of the latest malware and threats arising from the war in Ukraine, and covers the threat landscape in geographies and industries.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Ransomware and backdoors that give attackers a foothold for launching further attacks combined to make up 38% of incidents handled by X-Force responders.
  • Phishing was the top initial infection vector, responsible for 41% of incidents, while 26% of attacks were the result of compromised public-facing applications.
  • 27% of security incidents led to extortion, including ransomware, business email compromise, data leakage and distributed denial of service.
  • Asia was the top attacked region (31% of attacks) and manufacturing was the most targeted industry (25% of attacks).

The full report includes many more findings as well as recommendations to help organizations protect and respond to these new risks. Download the full report, and register for the webinar to hear the experts discuss the top findings and their relevance to your organization. Schedule a one-on-one briefing with an X-Force expert for a deeper dive into the findings and to help you build your plan to better defend against threats