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A Global Pulse on Threat Intelligence: What You Need to Know As 2024 Unfolds

Explore in-depth coverage ranging from data breaches, vulnerabilities, and ransomware, to tailored sector-specific analysis, geopolitical analysis, and best practices designed to fortify your security posture.

March 27, 2024

Forward-looking data and key insights

Cyber and physical threats are increasingly converging, and the Flashpoint 2024 Global Threat Intelligence Report provides organizations a critical examination into both the current and previous year’s threat environment.

Looking back last year, as well as forward into 2024, Flashpoint recorded significant rises in reported data breaches, vulnerability disclosures, and public ransomware attacks across-the-board. More than ever, it is critical for organizations to invest in proper solutions and tools that empower them to safeguard critical assets. All in order to protect themselves from significant financial and reputational loss.

Comprehensive threat analysis

The Flashpoint 2024 Global Threat Intelligence Report details the latest trends pertaining to:

  • Data breaches
    Our analysts found that data breaches increased by 34.5% year-over-year, and in 2023, threat actors had exposed or stolen over 17 billion personal records. Looking into 2024, Flashpoint is seeing a staggering 429% spike in stolen or leaked personal data compared to the same period last year.
  • Vulnerabilities
    Disclosures hit an all-time high last year, with Flashpoint recording over 33,137 vulnerabilities. Of those issues, over 35% have known public exploits. Flashpoint continues to observe similar trends in reported issues, disclosure rates, and exploitability.
  • Ransomware
    Public ransomware attacks have increased by 84% across all sectors. The first two months of 2024 have already shown a 23% increase compared to the same period in 2023.
  • Key Industries
    Ransomware and unauthorized access (“hacking”) accounted for more than half of all incidents in major sectors, with the manufacturing and technology industries witnessing ransomware and hacking accounting for more than 85% of all publicly disclosed breach incidents.

Beyond bytes and bullets: The power of OSINT

This past year has also demonstrated the ongoing convergence of cyber and physical threats through the continuous conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas War, and the rising tensions between the Taiwan Strait. Highlighted in our report is an exclusive perspective from Flashpoint’s Executive Director of Global Security, Andrew Borene, who details the next evolution of open-source intelligence.

Furthermore, the Flashpoint 2024 Global Threat Intelligence Report demonstrates the power of OSINT, showing how Flashpoint Ignite was essential for public safety and national security operations in investigating fentanyl precursor sales.

The best data for the best intelligence

The data and analysis in the Flashpoint 2024 Global Threat Intelligence Report details a volatile threat landscape that continues to grow in volume and complexity. In addition to key insights, the report provides organizations with practical recommendations on how to fight back against a myriad of threats, including ransomware and other emerging extortion tactics.

In order for organizations to anticipate, adapt, and to counter threat actors, they must have a comprehensive source of threat intelligence that unites and informs their security teams. Download our latest report today.

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