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Digital Risk Management: Identifying and Responding to Risks Beyond the Boundary

Organizations’ digital footprints are expanding and changing at an overwhelming rate. Attackers are using this information to exploit organizations and launch their attacks.  

Traditional security solutions that focus on the perimeter can’t address these risks by themselves because the boundary is disappearing. 

Learn how Digital Shadows can help you manage your digital risk, minimize your digital shadow and protect against:

  • Cyber threats
  • Data leakage
  • Reputational damage

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Threats to Financial Services: Taking Note From 2016

Financial institutions represent an attractive target for all types of threat actors including those who are ideologically motivated, financially motivated or directed by national interests. 

This paper assess: 

  • Threats faced by financial institutions
  • Expectations of their developments to existing tactics, techniques and procedures
  • Main drivers influencing threat activity against financial institutions
  • How these drivers are likely to develop in 2017

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Mirai and the Future: Forecasting the DDoS Landscape 2017

Since the release of the Mirai source code, the tactic of DDoS has gained notoriety and has been portrayed as a "digital nuclear attack" and "zombie apocalypse" by elements of the press. Of course, the potential impact of DDoS is dependent on many factors. 

This paper explores the three motivations for threat actors looking to use DDoS as a tactic, the cone of plausibility as a way to look across current trends, identify drivers and outline different scenarios, forecasts that can help you understand the probable and plausible threats posed by DDoS in 2017, and what organizations need to think about in order to prepare for possible threats. 

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Shooting the Messenger: Understanding the Threats to the Media and Broadcasting Industry

Get an overview of the threats to broadcasting and media organizations in 2016 and learn steps to take to prevent and mitigate potential threats. 

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The Forrester Wave™: Digital Risk Monitoring, Q3 2016

Digital risk monitoring solutions continuously track social, mobile, and web channels to measure, detect, and mitigate all forms of corporate risk - both physical and digital. These tools improve the time to respond to risk events and add protection layers over known digital assets. 

 In this report, Forrester will identify and evaluate the top vendors in this market, the key factors when evaluating digital risk solutions, and why Digital Shadows SearchLight showcases "the digital risk dashboard of the future." 

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Compromised Credentials: Learn From the Exposure of the World's 1,000 Biggest Companies

This report analyzes the top 1,000 companies in the Forbes Global 2000 list to understand how the world's biggest companies have been affected by these breaches, to identify trends across regions and industries, and to explore how threat actors are making use of these compromised credentials. 

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5 Considerations When Purchasing Threat Intelligence: The CATER Model

In order to pick through the noisy Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) industry, buyers of CTI should use CATER as a guide to assessing vendors across five categories. 

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In the Business of Exploitation: An analysis of exploit kit payloads, features and common vulnerabilities

This report assesses 22 exploit kits to understand the most frequently exploited software. We looked for trends within the exploitation of vulnerabilities by these 22 kits to show what vulnerabilities had been exploited most widely, coupled with how active each exploit kit was, in order to inform our assessment.

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The 3 Typical Stages of DDoS Extortion

One of the most popular means to facilitate extortion is through DDoS attacks. These types of attacks typically target business-critical websites in order to increase the likelihood of payment and can have crippling effects on organizations. In this 1-pager, we discuss the three typical stages of DDoS extortion. 

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Ransomware and Other Cyber Extortion: Preventing and mitigating increasingly targeted attacks

In this white paper, you will gain an understanding of some of the most active extortion actors, as well as the motivations, tools and processes they possess. Readers will also be able to compare and contrast variants of ransomware and learn how to prevent and mitigate these threats. 

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O’Reilly: Patrolling the Dark Net

In this O’Reilly report, authors Greg Fell and Mike Barlow explore both the benign and malevolent activities of the dark net, and the dark web, to explain the surprising origin of the dark net, how criminals use the dark net to steal and store vital information, and how you can patrol this not-so-secret domain to detect and thwart intruders. 

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A 5-Step OPSEC Program For Defenders

Strong OPSEC should be a cornerstone of your strategy. In this 2-page paper you will learn the 5-step OPSEC program that you can tailor to mature your organization's OPSEC capabilities. 


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Securosis: Building a Threat Intelligence Program

In this white paper, you will learn how to build and implement a strategic threat intelligence program that will help you achieve relevant information for quicker detection, as well as the additional capabilities and service considerations that go beyond traditional threat intelligence feeds. This paper was independently researched and written by Securosis, and Digital Shadows is a sponsor of the finished product. 

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The OPSEC Opportunity: Understand adversary OPSEC to improve your security program

In this white paper, you will learn five steps to mature your OPSEC capabilities and recommended scenarios to consider so you can improve OPSEC.

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Cyber Threats Targeting Mergers and Acquisitions

While mergers and acquisitions propel companies forward, the M&A process also fuels significant opportunities for cyber criminals. Failure to secure sensitive information during this time opens the door to threat actors looking to profit by exploiting financial markets and proprietary intellectual property. 

In this report, Digital Shadows examines cyber risks as a result of the M&A process and how to mitigate them. 

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Is your sensitive data lurking on the ‘dark Web’? Digital Shadows knows

A seemingly never-ending string of data breaches has triggered a renewed interest in data security. Preventive measures are no longer enough to protect your organization. Thus, we are seeing a growing movement to combine data security with other methods such as threat protection and analytics that enable a more holistic approach to securing data throughout the attack cycle. 

Learn how Digital Shadows can help you by scanning the ‘dark’ and public Web for signs of data loss or imminent attacks in this vendor profile by 451 Research.

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Cyber threat intelligence: A buyer's guide

Now, more than ever, organizations are seeking to understand which threat actors pose a viable threat to their assets and business operations. In order to gain insight into this uncertain environment, several steps must be undertaken all of which can be informed by cyber threat intelligence (CTI).

This paper provides an overview of current CTI approaches and types of offerings available. It does so by looking at the rise of digital business in today’s world and at the impact that threat intelligence has had on the market.

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