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CrowdStrike Global Threat Report Analyzes the Biggest Cyber Crime and Targeted Intrusion Trends

Report Indicates Geopolitical Developments Are Now the Most Important Drivers for the Cyber Attacks, Intrusion Trends, and Adversaries Shaping the Global Threat Landscape

Irvine, CA – February 3, 2016 – CrowdStrike Inc., a leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and response services, today announced the release of its 2015 Global Threat Report. The report, issued annually, analyzes more than 70 designated adversaries, providing details about their behavior, capabilities, and intentions related to targeted intrusions, e-crime, and hacktivist campaigns.

Notable Highlights of the 2015 Global Threat Report:

  • Economic, geopolitical and diplomatic events are becoming the driving force behind today’s cyber threat landscape, the effects of which are being felt by organizations around the world.
  • Deep dive into the key factors shaping the targeted intrusion campaigns of notable nation-state adversaries, including China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc.
  • The rise of extortion-based criminal operations including use of ransomware, banking trojans, and exploit kits, along with intelligence-powered social engineering scams, phishing campaigns, and more.
  • Uptick in sophistication and scale of terrorism-related hacktivist groups and online censorship in the Middle East.
  • Forward-looking predictions about emerging threats, espionage activity, personally identifiable information usage, new e-crime waves, and disruptive attacks that impact businesses globally.

Intelligence powers everything that CrowdStrike does, driving next-generation endpoint protection, providing customers unrivaled visibility and detection and response capability, coupled with 24/7 managed hunting for ultimate threat protection. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform processes more than 10 billion events a day, establishing a front-row seat to analyze massive amounts of attack data on a global scale. As a result, CrowdStrike is able to deliver industry-leading endpoint protection that prevent and responds to all types of attacks — even malware-free intrusions.


Supporting Quotes:

“Security operators and business leaders should use CrowdStrike’s 2015 Global Threat Report as a resource to gain a better understanding of what they will face in 2016 and beyond to stay ahead of the online adversary. It is a forecast of what is coming in terms of cyber threats for not only c-level executives such as CEOs and CIOs, but also CMOs and corporate boards. Distant geopolitical events occurring in disparate parts of the world are actually creating ripple effects that wash up on the doorstep of industries and companies thousands of miles away in the form of cyber threats. Business and organizations ignore these geopolitical developments at their own peril if they do not allocate adequate resources and build the capacity needed to protect their information and networks.”

George Kurtz, chief executive officer and co-founder, CrowdStrike


“Today, technology, processes and people are not enough to stop the threats that will continue to evolve in 2016 and beyond. Actionable intelligence is critical for fortifying a security posture; understanding adversary motivations and the reasons for their actions is critical to businesses being able to anticipate what they will do next, to whom, and why. This report is intended to provide that very intelligence to outline the context, motivations, trends, and triggers of today’s attacks. The information in this report is a powerful tool to help businesses prevent, detect, and respond to real-world threats that are more methodical, targeted, and organized than ever before.”

Adam Meyers, vice president of Intelligence, CrowdStrike



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About CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike is the leader in next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and response services. CrowdStrike’s core technology, the Falcon platform, stops breaches by preventing and responding to all types of attacks – both malware and malware-free.

CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by combining three crucial elements: next-generation AV, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — all powered by intelligence and uniquely delivered via the cloud in a single integrated solution. Falcon uses the patented CrowdStrike Threat Graph™ to analyze and correlate billions of events in real time, providing complete protection and five-second visibility across all endpoints.

Many of the world’s largest organizations already put their trust in CrowdStrike, including two of the 10 largest global companies by revenue, four of the 10 largest financial institutions, three of the top 10 health care providers, and two of the top 10 energy companies. CrowdStrike Falcon® is currently deployed in more than 170 countries.

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