Organizations of all sizes are facing a greater attack surface, the growing proliferation and sophistication of attack models, and increasing complexity within the network, according to Cisco’s latest annual security report. Many businesses are struggling to solidify a security vision supported by an effective strategy that uses new technologies, simplifies their architecture and operations, and strengthens their security teams, the report said. Cisco offers data on and insights into top security concerns such as shifts in malware, trends in vulnerabilities and the resurgence of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

The report also looks at campaigns that target specific organizations, groups and industries, and the growing sophistication of those who attempt to steal sensitive information. Cisco concludes that adversaries are coming up with new methods for embedding their malware in networks, remaining undetected for long periods, and stealing data or disrupting critical systems.

The report concludes with recommendations for examining security models holistically and gaining visibility across the entire attack continuum—before, during, and after an attack.

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