IoT and OT security should be your top priority in the following months as threat actors are much more focused on disrupting operational functions and with the intent to stay dormant and monitor the network waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.
Industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil, and gas must monitor logs and incoming traffic for any anomalous activities. In recent news, the crash in the crypto market has brought in renewed interest from the North Korean APT groups such as Lazarus, which has now begun targeting banks and the financial sector. Banks and financial institutions in the APAC regions as Sectrio Banking Sector focused – Honeypots have detected signs of such attacks rooting from North Korea, Read more on this update here: Why the cryptocurrency market crash portends bad times for cybersecurity
Smart cities and critical infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas must continue to have their shields up as attacks only continue to grow in numbers and sophistication. This level of persistence is meant to fatigue security teams with the sole intention of infiltrating the network. This trend continues to target all sectors of the industry irrespective of size or revenue generated. If your network has IoT or OT assets an added layer of attention must be allocated with an additional focus on deep scanning such interconnected complex network.
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Segments under this list must be on high alert in the coming weeks:
- Banks and Financial Services
- Oil and gas
- Critical Infrastructure
- Supply chains
- Energy Sector
- Water and wastewater treatment facilities
- Utility entities
- Maritime agencies
- Government Agencies