A Bleak Landscape
Nation-states will continue to exploit gaps in security since there doesn't appear to be any way to stop breaches in the near future, according to Kevin Mandia, FireEye's CEO and board director.
Mandia told the more than 1,600 attendees at the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C., that threat actors face virtually no risks or repercussions for carrying out attacks, which will continue unabated unless a deterrent is established.
These actors continue to exploit human trust through spearphishing, Mandia said, convincing employees to execute something that's inherently malicious since it's hard to delineate the bad stuff from the good stuff. And a lack of security professionals at smaller organizations means that businesses will continue to see their supply chain being compromised.
Here's a look at what Mandia said to attendees and members of the media about the potential for rules around offensive cyberoperations, threats to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, and which nation-state actor is the most dangerous.