The threat landscape is changing. Crimeware, a class of malware designed specifically to automate cybercrime, is growing in prevalence. It’s often provided as a service or a pre-made, easy-to-execute kit that hackers can purchase on the Dark Web and use to spread their attacks far and wide. Examples include the rise of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) and even types of advanced persistent threats (APTs) that can live undetected within an organization’s network for many months, silently stealing confidential data. These types of automated and sophisticated threats are increasingly being used to attack critical infrastructure and our global supply chains. In fact, in its “2021 Global Risks Report,” the World Economic Forum named Cybersecurity Failure as the fourth most pressing risk facing the world today.
To understand the threat landscape and how these incidents are investigated and responded to, we sat down with Cristina Vatamanu, Senior Team Lead, Forensics & Investigation in the Bitdefender Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab for a Q&A.
Tell us about your role as a cybersecurity forensic investigator. What does the profession entail, and what do you like most about it?
Cristina: In my role at Bitdefender, I work with threat researchers and forensic engineers to investigate targeted attacks