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The Top 10 Cyberthreats Right Now

CRN asks technical leaders at Cisco, FireEye and LogPoint what the most pernicious cyberthreats are today and what organizations need to do to avoid becoming a victim.

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Highway To The Danger Zone

Bad actors are spending more money developing more complex malware with more capabilities, and businesses need to be aware of what the biggest threats are and the latest techniques being used in order to find them first, according to Craig Williams, director of Talos outreach for San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems.

Much of this conversation has focused heavily on critical vulnerabilities or zero-day exploits that are high-profile enough to be given a cool name, according to Luke McNamara, principal analyst at Milpitas, Calif.-based FireEye. But more basic malicious tools, techniques and procedures with a proven track record are very effective as well, McNamara said.

From a defense standpoint, the industry has been most focused on increasing its ability to detect, alert and block a greater number of potential threats, according to Christian Have, chief product officer at Copenhagen, Denmark-based LogPoint. But companies can only realistically look at one or two security incidents per day on their own, Have said, highlighting the need for significant advances in automation.

Here's a look at 10 new and emerging cyberthreats that are creating chaos across organizations of all sizes and stature this year.

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