Many are opportunistic, meaning that hackers scan the internet for network or system vulnerabilities to exploit, send users tailor-made phishing emails, or even target specific companies in the hopes that they lack strong cybersecurity practices. Usually, after the cybercriminal has managed to gain access to a business’s network, the next step is to cause as much harm as possible or, more often, steal information. This is something we’re likely to see in the future as well – attacks focused on data modification and corruption that are well-orchestrated in advance to provide maximum output for the threat actor.

For security teams hoping to mitigate cyber-attacks, knowing the stages that an attacker goes through can provide useful insight into the tools, tactics and procedures that are used, which could help determine whether the attack is linked to a wider campaign. More crucially, it allows IT teams to build a profile of attacks and gather intelligence that can improve incident response procedures and prevent future attacks. Read more..