state of the internet security CYBER ATTACK TRENDS AND THREAT LANDSCAPE

| December 28, 2018

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Explosion of Automated Attacks in the Connected World. A White House study published in January of 2018 estimated that malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 20161 . An international report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) revealed that cybercrime cost the world between $445 and $600 billion in 2017. 2 . Unfortunately, the increase in cyber-crime shows no signs of slowing and the  rst half of 2018 is already on a record setting pace for the highest number of cyber-attacks including Cryptojacking, DDoS, Compromised credentials and other types of online fraud.

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Prelert, an Elastic company, is the leading provider of behavioral analytics for IT security, IT operations, and business operations teams. The company’s solution analyzes an organization’s log data, finds anomalies, links them together and lets the data tell the story behind advanced security threats, IT performance problems, and business disruptions. Leveraging machine learning anomaly detection and other behavioral analytics capabilities, the solution automates the analysis of massive data sets, eliminating manual effort and human error. Hundreds of progressive IT organizations rely on Prelert to detect advanced threat activity, reduce false positive alerts and enable faster root cause analysis. Prelert lets your data tell the story.

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