The key ingredient in recent malware attacks

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Lateral movement is one of the key reasons cyberattacks have become significantly more damaging over the last few years. Yet few organizations are aware of how this technique is being used by cybercriminals. In this piece, I’ll explain the concept behind lateral movement, and provide some tips on how organizations can protect against it.

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Damien Benazet is Technical Account Management Director at Tanium.

Lateral movement technique has been key to the success of many high-profile attacks, including the WannaCry and NotPetya malware variants that struck organizations worldwide in 2017. Nearly all cyberattacks involve a form of lateral movement, a tactic which sees attackers installing ransomware on as many computers as possible, or searching for any valuable data on the corporate network, such as credit card information stored on servers

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