Surprising Trends Emerge in Threat Landscape

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-04-16

There are a number of high-profile security firms in the IT industry, though few have generated as many headlines as FireEye in recent years. One of the big reasons for FireEye's notoriety is the company's $1 billion acquisition of security firm Mandiant earlier this year. The acquisition price might seem like a high one to pay for Mandiant, but it's one that the FireEye board of directors, which includes former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem, thought was fair given the market opportunity. Mandiant, led by charismatic Kevin Mandia, jumped into the public consciousness in February 2013 when it released its APT1 report on a covert Chinese army hacking unit. In a new Mandiant M-Trends "Beyond the Breach" report released on April 10, Mandiant provides insight into the current status of the Chinese APT1 threat and how it has changed over the course of the last year. The report also provides insight into the overall threat landscape, providing visibility on the industries that are being attacked. In 2013, Mandiant found an increasing number of attacks against financial services firms as well as media and entertainment companies. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some surprising trends from the Mandiant M-Trends report.


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