In the world of information security, the past isn’t dead; it isn’t even the past. The 2015 edition of HP’s annual security-research analysis reveals a threat landscape still populated by old problems and known issues, even as the pace of new developments quickens. In 2014, well-known attacks and misconfigurations existed side-by-side with mobile and connected devices (the “Internet of Things”) that remained largely unsecured. As the global economy continues its recovery, enterprises continued to find inexpensive access to capital; unfortunately, network attackers did as well, some of whom launched remarkably determined and formidable attacks over the course of the year.
The 2015 edition of the HP Cyber Risk Report, drawn from innovative work by HP Security Research (HPSR), examines the nature of currently active vulnerabilities, how adversaries take advantage of them, and how defenders can prepare for what lies ahead. Jewel Timpe, HPSR’s senior manager of threat research, describes the report’s findings and explains how this intelligence can be used to better allocate security funds and personnel resources for enterprises looking toward tomorrow.