Global Threat Intelligence Report 2019

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Can You Survive the Next Attack?

The 2019 GTIR highlights key challenges observed over the past year, including an escalation in coin mining, web-based attacks and credential theft. Here’s what you need to know.


Cybersecurity Insights for Protecting Your Digital Business

Digital transformation is driving changes in the way organisations operate. Challenges associated with these changes are not always easy to identify but keeping a keen eye on historical challenges can assist in predicting and avoiding negative circumstances. Understanding the evolution of attack techniques and the threats they pose is key to evolving your business and security practices and mitigating the attacks your organisation faces daily. The 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report is a deep dive into these threats and provides at a robust methodology to tackle these threats.

The key findings in this year’s report are based on log, event, attack, incident and vulnerability data from clients and leverages the indicator, campaign and adversary analysis from our Global Threat Intelligence Platform. Finance and technology companies face the most attacks, while business and professional services, education and government make up the rest of the top five attacked sectors. And three of the most prevalent activities are coin mining, credential theft and web application attacks. Read the report for the in-depth findings.

2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report Highlights

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Comprising of 17% of total, finance and technology companies face the most attacks


The three most prevalent threat activities are coin mining, credential theft and web application attacks


The largest number of attacks come from the United States (22%), followed by China (13%)

Key Takeaways

Attack Source Findings

The United States ranked as the first or second most common attack source in all five regions studied in the report, while the Netherlands ranked among the top five attack in four regions. Top attack sources were often located in the same region as their victims.

Industry Findings

Finance is the most attacked sector and the target of 26 percent of all attacks. Attacks against the technology sector increased about 25 percent over 2016 levels, boosting that sector’s ranking to second globally for volume of attacks at 19 percent.

Malware Findings

Spyware/key loggers ranked first in volume of malware, at 26 percent. Trojans/droppers ranked second globally at 25 percent; however, they represented 62 percent of malware in Japan. Globally, virus/worms were the third most common form of malware at 23 percent, but spiked to 66 percent in the Asia Pacific region.

Global Threat Intelligence Report 2019