We all have heard about the mass of data breaches and the disasters—which continue to increase all over the globe—cybercriminals have caused organizations of all sizes, but knowing the stages of a cyberattack can improve organizations’ defense and mitigation efforts against these threats. While attacks against retailers like Target and Home Depot have been well publicized, the past six months has shown that all industries are at risk.

A new report from security firm Vectra Networks looks at the strategic phases of a cyberattack and reveals trends related to malware behavior, attacker communication techniques, internal reconnaissance, lateral movement and data exfiltration.

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