Security Report Analysis: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report H2-2015
In this Security Report Analysis (SRA) series I look at various security reports and pull out the main points.
This doesn’t replace a complete and detailed read of these reports, but at least you’ll get exposed to some of the key takeaways that you might not otherwise have seen.
A group code-named PLATINUM has been targeting victims in South and Southeast Asia since around 2009. The group uses unmatched vulnerabilities, spear-phishing, and has the ability to create 0-Day and the exploit tools to use them
Vulnerability disclosures have trended up in recent years
Exploit kits accounted for four of the 10 most common exploits of the second half of 2015
Computers that were protected were 3 to 6 times less likely to be infected with malware
They talked about Microsoft’s solutions to identity security
Then they talked about Microsoft’s solution to email spoofing
Not a fan of sales pitches in these types of reports
More advertising deeper in the report
Don’t like that they don’t have key themes or key points the way the Verizon reports do
Definitely need less advertising
These reports should be gifts to the community, and the only advertising should be the branding
While this capture can be helpful, I suggest reading the whole report for full context. The writing was remarkably easy to move through.