Attackers currently enjoy unconstrained time to operate. Their campaigns, which often take advantage of known vulnerabilities that organizations and end users could have— and should have—known about and addressed, can remain active and undetected for days, months, or even longer. Defenders, meanwhile, struggle to gain visibility into threat activity and to reduce the time to detection (TTD) of both known and new threats. They are making clear strides but still have a long way to go to truly undermine adversaries’ ability to lay the foundation for attacks—and strike with high and profitable impact.
The Cisco® 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report—which presents research, insights, and perspectives from Cisco Security Research—updates security professionals on the trends covered in our previous security report while also examining developments that may affect the security landscape later this year.