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10 Top Cybersecurity Trends To Watch For At RSA Conference 2019

As RSA Conference 2019 kicks off, CRN sat down with executives from eight prominent cybersecurity vendors to see what trends they expect to be front and center at this year's event.

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Adversaries Follow The Money With Highly-Targeted Attacks

Adversaries have over the past year morphed from conducting high-volume attacks against consumers and businesses of all sizes to carrying out more hands-on, sophisticated attacks, said Sophos Chief Product Officer Dan Schiappa. Schiappa said a threat actor could get into a local hospital via remote desktop protocol, do a recon of the environment, bounce laterally, and then ransom information.

Defenses have caught up and made volume-based attacks less voluminous, but Schiappa said it's still pretty easy to find high-value targets with weak entry points and then disable backups so that the victims can't restore from backup. And by combining the monetization of ransomware with APT-type skillsets, adversaries have created something that can be licensed to others that wish to inflict damage.

"It's clear they [adversaries] are doing tremendous amounts of research in terms of how ransomware attacks are blocked, and they're building that knowledge into their payloads," Schiappa said.

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