2021 Year End Security Review

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2021 has been an incredibly difficult year to protect your organization from cyber adversaries. It has been “The year of zero-Day exploit” with more vulnerabilities in the first 11 months of the year than ever recorded before. As we head into the end of the year and the holiday season. Black Diamond Solutions wanted to provide a few insights into the full year of zero-day events. 

  • A tough year to manage IT – Whether you have an internal IT team, use an MSP, or a combination of both, the reliance on patches alone is just not enough. In particular, In circumstances where no patch is available, it is paramount that your security stack and team is ready to monitor, detect, and provide an immediate response to the earliest signs of threat.  
  • Actions speak louder than… – Amidst the attacks of 2021, Security providers focused on rapid response and action led the charge on fighting back zero-day  vulnerabilities.  True security is more than detection and alerts – it’s about eliminating the threats so that IT teams and businesses can stay focused on their business.  
  • Long dwell times are a thing of the past– If not addressed immediately, attacks from info stealers quickly spiral out of control. Once an adversary gains initial access, their main objective is to spread their reach and malware to cause as much cost to the victim as possible. Gone are the days of long dwell times. After breach, malicious actions occur within minutes.  
  • Living off the land – Adversaries are increasingly using legitimate credentials to enter your environment. Then, using no malware at all, they ‘live off the land’. This means they leverage only native programs and tools available in the compromised environment to blend in before finally deploying their malware.  This makes detection extremely difficult for legacy tools such as anti-virus and anti-malware.

 Despite the challenges, Black Diamond Solutions appreciates your business in 2021, and we look forward to continually helping you, our clients, build and protect your IT environment in 2022.  

Our security operations center continues to offer diligent 24x7x365 managed detection and response to our security clients. We remain agile and vigilant, moving faster than the “bad actors” to keep your environment safe.  

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