CrowdStrike reveals the adversaries with the fastest breakout time
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CrowdStrike® Inc., the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint
protection, today announced the release of the 2019
CrowdStrike Global Threat Report: Adversary Tradecraft and The
Importance of Speed. Key findings in the report point to the
escalating activities of nation-state actors and global eCrime actors
across all targeted industries, and offer lessons learned from real-life
In today’s ever-evolving cyber landscape, speed is essential for
effective cyber defense. CrowdStrike’s Global Threat Report reveals
“breakout time” – the critical window between when an intruder
compromises the first machine and when they can move laterally to other
systems on the network – for top cyber adversaries. This ranking
offers organizations unprecedented insight into how fast they need to be
at detecting, investigating and remediating intrusions (also known as
the 1-10-60 rule) to thwart adversaries they are most likely to face
targeting their networks.
According to CrowdStrike’s visibility, based on more than 30,000
breach attempts stopped in 2018:
Russian nation-state actors, tracked by CrowdStrike as “Bears,” are
the fastest adversaries with an average breakout time of 18:49 minutes.
North Korean nation-state actors, tracked as “Chollimas,” are the
second fastest with an average breakout time of 2:20:14 hours.
- Chinese nation-state actors, or “Pandas,” average 4:00:26 hours.
- Iranian nation-state actors, or “Kittens,” average 5:09:04 hours.
eCrime actors, or “Spiders,” have the slowest average breakout time of
all adversaries: 9:42:23 hours, although some of the eCrime actors can
move very rapidly and rival even the fastest nation-states.
“With the powerful combination of our massive cloud-based endpoint
security dataset, threat intelligence and insights from more than 30,000
intrusions investigated by our OverWatch and Services teams in 2018,
CrowdStrike has a unique understanding of adversary activity and
provides the first industry ranking of adversary tradecraft,” said
Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike’s chief technology officer and
co-founder. “This year’s report underscores the importance of speed of
response in cybersecurity and provides valuable insights into how to
defeat some of the most destructive and capable nation-state and eCrime
Notable Highlights of the Global Threat Report:
One of the most significant trends in eCrime for 2018 was the
continued rise of “Big Game Hunting,” the practice of combining
targeted, intrusion-style tactics for the deployment of ransomware
across large organizations.
Another trend identified by CrowdStrike Intelligence was the increased
collaboration between highly sophisticated eCrime threat actors. The
use of geo-targeting to support multiple eCrime families was observed
through a variety of tactics.
The industries at the top of the target list for malware-free
intrusions include media, technology and academia, highlighting the
need to aggressively strengthen their defenses against more
sophisticated, modern attacks.
CrowdStrike identified several targeted intrusion campaigns by China,
Iran and Russia, focused on the telecommunications sector and likely
supporting state-sponsored espionage activities. Subsequent lures to
drive more effective social engineering campaigns resulted in
compromising telecom customers, including government entities.
CrowdStrike observed an increasing operational tempo from China-based
adversaries, which is only likely to accelerate as US-China relations
continue to be strained.
The CrowdStrike Global Threat Report analyzes comprehensive threat data
from CrowdStrike Falcon®
Intelligence™; CrowdStrike Falcon
OverWatch™, the company’s industry-leading managed hunting team and CrowdStrike
Services; and the CrowdStrike
Threat Graph™, a massively scalable, cloud-based graph database
processing 1 trillion events a week across 176 countries.
Together, these teams and tools provide a holistic view of the threat
environment featured in the report.
“The threat landscape is evolving at an unprecedented rate, and with
every breach, a company’s survival may be put on the line. Organizations
can’t afford a passive approach to securing their assets,” said Adam
Meyers, vice president of Intelligence at CrowdStrike. “As we continue
to see highly sophisticated nation-state and eCrime actors elevate the
level and complexity of daily threats, this report should serve as a
resource for business leaders and security professionals to better
understand the threat environment and make informed decisions that
protect business-critical data.”
“As companies continue to strengthen their security postures,
adversaries are adopting more sophisticated techniques to hide their
exploits and maintain their foothold,” said Jennifer Ayers, vice
president of OverWatch and Security Response at CrowdStrike. “Augmenting
prevention, detection, and response with vigilant, real-time, 24/7
threat hunting is required to identify the clandestine actions of these
actors as soon as possible in situations where time is of the essence.”
CrowdStrike’s Global Threat Report provides a deeper understanding of
the motivations, objectives and activities of cyber adversaries, aimed
at informing companies on how to proactively defend themselves.
For additional information, visit
the blog by George Kurtz, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief
executive officer, and the
blog by Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief
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