The threat landscapetoday is rapidly evolving. Traditional defenses such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, anti-virus, and other signature based technologies simply cannot keep up with the evolving offensive technologies that targeted attacks employ today.
Organized crime seeks to strengthen their botnets, fraudulent transactions, and other finance driven schemes. Hacktivist have the primary goal of exposing and publishing data online to the public and causing business disruption. Last we see advanced attacks which are either sponsored or have specific goals and intitiatives usually related to economic advantage.
Notice organized crime, hacktivists, and advanced attacks all share similar attack strategies but have a different focus in the lifecycle of an attack.Figure 1: Next-Generation Threat Lifecycle