Good versus evil. Heroes versus villains: Perhaps one of the reasons we’re universally drawn to superhero movies and comics is because deep down we know there’s a nugget of truth to them that plays out in real life. The CenturyLink 2018 Threat Report is a case in point. Peel back the layers and you see the story of our CenturyLink Threat Research Labs team meticulously tracking and mitigating threats on the CenturyLink global network backbone impacting roughly 104 million unique targets per day — from data servers to IoT-connected devices owned by the world’s businesses, consumers and government agencies.
This kind of work isn’t for the faint of heart. Digital transformation rapidly enables data-driven insights that boost efficiency and expand inclusiveness at a scale unlike any other time in human history. And the resulting Fourth Industrial Revolution offers tremendous possibilities for a better tomorrow. Yet, like anything that has the potential to bring such good to the world, there are bad actors who would like to twist those gains for their own nefarious purposes. It’s at that crossroads where the importance of threat intelligence for your enterprise comes into play.