How geopolitical tensions shape the threat landscape and impact cybercrime
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Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Ryan Westman

With geopolitical tensions on the rise and increased threats from state-sponsored adversaries,
the geopolitical climate has a crucial role in how cyber criminals are targeting their victims.
Throughout 2022, TRU’s research, based on attempted cyberattacks across eSentire’s global
customer base, demonstrated an increase in cyber threats resulting from the Russia-Ukraine
conflict wherein Russian-based ransomware groups are motivated to inflict damage and sow
civil unrest.
Quantifying and communicating the risk of these sophisticated ransomware and
state-sponsored cyberattackers to executive leadership teams and board members is critical
to remaining vigilant about the changing threat and evolving geopolitical landscapes.
Ryan Westman, Sr. Manager, Threat Intelligence at eSentire shares his insights on how
geopolitical tensions have impacted the evolution of cybercrime, including:
● The key drivers of state-sponsored cyberattacks and notable trends in ransomware, as
observed by eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU) and CrowdStrike
● How geopolitical tensions are increasing the weaponization of zero-day vulnerabilities,
wiper malware, and more
● Recommendations and questions to consider to protect your organization against
state-sponsored attacks and remain vigilant about the evolving threat landscape.

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