The frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks continues to rise globally according to research data from the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC) 2017 Q2 Threat Intelligence Report released by NTT Security, an NTT Group company.

The report, based on events identified across the NTT Security global client base during the second quarter of 2017, identifies trending threats and informs the tactics the company uses to stay ahead of hackers.

Of the extensive information included in the report, three findings stand out.

– Cyber attacks were up 24% globally during Q2 2017
– 67% of malware attacks were delivered by phishing emails
– The speed of attacks continues to increase exponentially once proof of concept code is released

“Our Global Threat Intelligence Centers are constantly monitoring cyber activities on a global scale and providing us with great insight as to which industries cybercriminals are targeting, why they’re targeting these areas, and how they may do so moving forward,” said Jon Heimerl, Manager, Threat Intelligence Communication Team, NTT Security.

“The motivations for these attacks are often criminal in nature, including extortion via ransomware, industrial espionage, and theft of data such as account numbers,” he continued. “What poses an even greater problem is that when these breaches are successful, yet go undetected, they allow hackers to establish footholds in organisations’ networks where they have free rein to wreak havoc over extended periods.

NTT says the insights from this research data support and enable its teams to deliver more strategic and comprehensive cyber-attack detection and prevention services. A unique approach of combining products, systems and services into a comprehensive end-to-end solution provides the company’s extensive base of clients with proven business resilience, it says.

NTT Security recently announced changes to its senior management team in Europe to help strengthen its presence as a leading provider of managed security services (MSS) and strategic and technical consulting services across the region.

Kai Grunwitz takes on the newly created role of Senior Vice President EMEA, responsible for the development of NTT Security’s consulting and MSS go-to-market strategy, and collaborating with the operating companies to drive substantial growth across Europe.

Christophe Jourdet also becomes Director of Alliances EMEA, while Charles Bovy becomes Director of MSS Pre-sales EMEA.

Kai Grunwitz moves from his current role as Senior Vice President Central Europe, reporting to Frank Brandenburg, COO and Regional CEO. Kai has more than 25 years of experience in various top management positions, including VP of Consulting Germany and Switzerland at Oracle and Head of Professional Services Central Europe at Sun Microsystems.

Frank Brandenburg, COO and Regional CEO, NTT Security, comments: “The latest senior management appointments in the EMEA region reflect the new and improved structure of our organisation. NTT Security is the specialised security company of NTT Group, and I am confident that the enhancements to our talented senior management team will help us to deliver one global and collaborative approach to enabling business resilience through our managed and consulting services.”

Frank concludes: “Security risk can come from anywhere – that’s why we need to be everywhere. Our consistent global approach aligns cybersecurity to the needs of any business anywhere in the world. Ultimately, our goal is to become the global centre of excellence for security.”