Incident & Breach Response , Managed Detection & Response (MDR) , Security Operations

Data Breach Trends: Attackers' Dwell Time Decreases, Mostly

But Some EMEA Organizations Weren't So Lucky, Says Mandiant's Mike Trevett
Mike Trevett, director of U.K. and Ireland for Mandiant, a FireEye company

There's data breach good news and bad news for organizations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says Mike Trevett of FireEye's Mandiant. In general, attackers are dwelling in networks for less time before being discovered, except for some particularly long-lasting breaches in EMEA, he says, drawing on the most recent M-Trends report from Mandiant.

In a video interview at the recent Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Trevett discusses:

  • Data breach trends;
  • Attackers' preference of conducting reconnaissance and data exfiltration;
  • The prevalence of repeat attacks - victims getting hit multiple times;
  • How cyberattack volumes from Iran and North Korea have been increasing, with attacks from Russia and China remaining constant.

Trevett, who joined Mandiant in Mach 2018, has extensive database and systems experience that began with BT in the early 1990s. Since then, he has worked in the telecommunications, retail, automotive and financial services sectors before joining the Civil Service in 2009, working with a number of departments and organizations, including the Office for National Statistics, Cabinet Office and NHS Digital.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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