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X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2021

Actionable threat intelligence can help your agency allocate resources, understand relevant threats, and bolster your security strategy. The annual IBM X-Force® Threat Intelligence Index sheds light on the biggest cyber risks that agencies face today. Gain fresh insights on the trends shaping the threat landscape, including:

  • The #1 threat was ransomware. Ransomware was the top threat type, comprising 23% of attacks.
  • $123 million+ in estimated profit by a single ransomware. Threat actors behind the Sodinokibi (aka, REvil) ransomware reaped profits up to $123 million and stole 21.6 terabytes of data.
  • 35% of attacks leveraged vulnerabilities to infiltrate targets. Scan-and-exploit was the number one initial infection vector, surpassing phishing, the top threat vector in 2019.
  • COVID-19 provided opportunity for threat actors. The global pandemic gave sophisticated attackers fresh targets, including organizations involved in the vaccine supply chain.
  • Cybercriminals are moving to the cloud. With an increase in cloud spending in wake of the pandemic and Linux currently powering 90% of cloud workloads, attackers are recognizing the benefits of open-source malware.

3 Ways to reduce the Cost of a Government Data Breach

As a government agency or jurisdiction, one of your goals is to build trust with the citizens you serve. You earn that trust by protecting their information from a government data breach. This also helps by making efficient use of taxpayer dollars. When a data breach does hit, both pillars are eroded. Your organization can serve the community better — and build their trust — by managing data breach prevention in advance and planning your response to reduce the consequences of a data breach.

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Start Your Cybersecurity Journey with Zero Trust

A zero trust approach aims to wrap security around every user, every device, every connection — every time. Unify and integrate your security tools to protect your most valuable assets and proactively manage threats.

The Cost of Insider Threats

Insiders such as employees, partners, and customers are routinely at the center of costly data breaches. Download and explore findings from our report to understand the direct and indirect costs of insider threats.

Forrester Named IBM Security a Leader

Forrester named IBM Security a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Security Analytics, Q4 2020. In the report, IBM Security was ranked highest in current security analytics offering.

Take the Cybersecurity Assessment

Does your agency’s cybersecurity program make the grade—or do you have some homework to do? Take the assessment and see where you rank.

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