As outlined in Fortinet’s Q4 Threat Report the focus is on these 3 trends: exploits, malware, and botnets. Highlights of the report:
- 6 out of 12 exploits target IoT devices
- Manipulation of opensource malware tools
- 10% increase of exploits per firm
Exploits: Detected exploits are a result of poor patching practices. The exploits are long known vulnerabilities that have patches available yet the organization has not applied them. This leaves them open to attack.
Botnets: Botnets are detected post-compromise. Once the attacker has taken control of a device it can be used for a variety of malicious activity. It can participate in DDoS attacks, gather private information, and download and spread more infections.