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Hidden Tunnels: A Favored Tactic to Evade Strong Access Controls

Use of Hidden Tunnels to Exfiltrate Data Far More Widespread in Financial Services Than Any Other Industry Sector

Financial services have perhaps the largest cyber security budgets and are the best protected companies in the private sector. Since cyber criminals generally have little difficulty in obtaining a quick return on their effort, it would be unsurprising to find that financial services are less overtly targeted by average hackers than other, easier targets. At the same time, the data held by finserv is so attractive to criminals that it remains an attractive target for more sophisticated hackers.

Both premises are confirmed in a report (PDF) published this week by Vectra. From August 2017 through January 2018, Vectra's AI-based Cognito cyberattack-detection and threat-hunting platform monitored network traffic and collected metadata from more than 4.5 million devices and workloads from customer cloud, data center and enterprise environments.

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