Premonition of Danger: Suspicious Objects Turn out to Be Malicious in Almost Three-Quarters of Cases

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Published December 8th, 2019 - 12:36 GMT
Premonition of Danger: Suspicious Objects Turn out to Be Malicious in Almost Three-Quarters of Cases
The Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal is a web service which provides customers with knowledge about cyberthreats gathered by Kaspersky.
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Kaspersky experts have analyzed the anonymized and aggregated statistics from requests to the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal

Kaspersky experts have analyzed the anonymized and aggregated statistics from requests to the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal, an always-on web service with access to several petabytes of global security intelligence data that is updated almost in real-time. The analysis showed that when security researchers requested additional details of a suspicious object, 72%[1] of cases turned out to be malicious and could put corporate security at risk if not investigated.

On average, 44% of security alerts faced by organizations are not investigated. The reason may lie in the huge volume of incoming warning signals that security teams struggle to fully cope with. So, analysts have to choose carefully which alerts they need to investigate, and which do not deserve their attention. In this situation, it’s helpful to have a framework which helps you to make the decision.

Anonymized and aggregated statistics from the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal showed that in most cases, the initial call to check the alert is proven to be right: the majority (7 out of 10) of analyzed requests submitted through the service turn out to be malicious. The share of such objects is especially high for web-related items; domains - 86%, IP addresses - 75%, and URLs - 73%. This figure slightly drops for files, as 61% of hashes were categorized as dangerous. This implies that it is harder for researchers to distinguish legitimate files from malicious ones without consulting with the appropriate threat intelligence.

Overall, researchers are typically most interested to learn about which resources the endpoints in their network are communicating with – 41% of total requests fall under this category. With information on IP address reputation and associated web sites and files, security teams can make a decision if they should deny access to this resource or block any communication with it. In addition, a third (31%) of requests were about a file hash category – meaning analysts are looking for additional information about the file (e.g., geographical distribution, popularity, and connections with other objects) in their investigations.

“As our statistics show, security analysts in organizations rarely make mistakes when they suspect that an alert poses a security risk and might need further investigation. However, it’s not all about checking the hypotheses. To be able to accelerate their incident response and forensic capabilities, analysts need to see the bigger picture on a threat, quickly. Access to threat intelligence provides just that, ultimately saving time and effort for typically understaffed security teams,” – commented Anatoly Simonenko, Group Manager, Technology Solutions Product Management at Kaspersky.

The Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal is a web service which provides customers with knowledge about cyberthreats gathered by Kaspersky. The company provides free access to basic information about suspicions files, hashes, IP addresses and others at https://opentip.kaspersky.com/

[ Only requests where there was enough information to provide a confident decision if an object was malicious were analyzed

Background Information

Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 20 years. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

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