Supply Chain Vulnerabilities and the Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape | Insights from SentinelLabs


By Migo Kedem, Head of SentinelLabs, and VP of Growth for SentinelOne

In the realm of cybersecurity, we often find ourselves on shifting sands.

SentinelLabs stands at the front line in the complex cybersecurity ecosystem, frequently interacting with customers, other vendors, hackers and government agencies. From this unique vantage point, we've observed the shifting sands of the cybersecurity landscape and identified key areas of concern that CISOs and security leaders should prioritize.

Supply Chain: A Growing Threat

The software supply chain is much like an intricate puzzle. Its complexity makes it an enticing target for cybercriminals. An unfortunate reality for many organizations is that these interconnected systems can become their Achilles' heel. We predict that the coming years will see a surge in attacks exploiting these vulnerabilities. Proactive security measures focused on the software supply chain are more critical than ever. We also anticipate a shift towards more advanced, stealthy attacks that can remain undetected for longer periods, necessitating more sophisticated detection and response strategies.

Microsoft's Software Suite: A Recurring Target

Despite Microsoft's efforts in patching 1,212 vulnerabilities in 2021, its software suite remains a prime target. We predict that attackers will continue to exploit the delay between patch release and patch application, potentially increasing the frequency of attacks. Therefore, it's crucial for organizations to prioritize timely system updates and robust patch management strategies.

State-Sponsored Cyberattacks: Escalating and Diversifying

State-sponsored cyberattacks, particularly from Russian-aligned actors, are a growing concern. Given their share of 60% of last year's state-sponsored cyberattacks (according to Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes), we predict a continued and heightened focus on these actors. We also foresee increased attacks on critical infrastructure following incidents, emphasizing the need for strengthened security measures in this sector.

China's Cyber Espionage: Expanding Reach

China's escalating involvement in cyber espionage campaigns is a trend that cannot be ignored. With targets in 2022 spanning 39 global industry sectors across 20 regions, we anticipate an even broader scope of targeted sectors and regions. This expanded reach will likely extend beyond traditional intellectual property theft to include political, military, and diplomatic objectives, making tracking and countering these threats a high priority.

Staying Ahead: A Collective Effort

As we navigate this rapidly evolving landscape, we always aim to stay a step ahead of the threats. This involves monitoring current trends, predicting future ones, and developing innovative countermeasures. As we look towards the future, the collective focus of the cybersecurity community should be on equipping ourselves with the necessary insights, tools, and strategies to secure our digital environments. Cybersecurity isn't just a tech challenge; it's a shared mission to protect our interconnected world. Let's work together to build a safer digital future.

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