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The Incident response analyst report provides insights into incident investigation services conducted by Kaspersky in 2020. We deliver a range of services to help organizations when they are in need: incident response, digital forensics and malware analysis. Data in the report comes from our daily practises with organizations seeking assistance with full-blown incident response or complementary expert activities for their internal incident response teams.

In 2020, the pandemic forced companies to restructure their datum security practises, accommodating a work-from-home( WFH) approach. Although key trends in terms of threats have stayed the same, our service approach moved to a near-complete- 97% of all cases- remote delivery.

Geography of incident responses by region, 2020

Geography of incident responses by region, 2020

Most of the incident handling petitions were received from the CIS( 27.8% ), European Union( 24.7%) and the Middle East( 22.7%) regions. In 2020, organisations striving our assistance represented a wide spectrum of business sectors, industry, finance, government, telecoms, transportation and healthcare.

Share of incident responses by verticals and industries, 2020

Share of incident responses by horizontal and industry, 2020

Industrial industries were the most affected by cyberattacks( 22% ), followed by government institutions( 19% ). Most of our responses were ransomware-related: in 32.7% of true-life positive cases, security incidents were caused by encrypted files.

Overall, the Incident response analyst report 2020 contains four sections 😛 TAGEND

Reasons to go for incident response Most of the incidents with makes before the impact can be confidently classified as ransomware. This threat is overtaking money stealing and other impacts as a more convenient monetization scheme with much broader industry coverage( not just finance ). Initial vectors, or how attackers got in Security issues with passwords, software vulnerabilities and social engineering combined into an overwhelming majority of initial access vectors during attacks. Tools and exploits Almost half of all incident cases included the use of existing OS tools( like LOLbins ), well-known offensive tools from GitHub( e.g. Mimikatz, AdFind, Masscan) and specialized commercial frameworks( Cobalt Strike ). Attack duration We grouped all incident lawsuits into three categories with different attacker dwell times, incident response duration, initial access, and impact from the attack.

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