The 2017 Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate produced in partnership with Optiv is part analysis and part forecast. The analysis portion dissects the security themes seen in 2016 while the forecast extrapolates the analysis through the subsequent 12 months. This is modelled after the National Intelligence Estimate, which is a classified report provided to the Congress of the United States.

Some themes of this report are general and cut across the sections previously outlined. Chief among them are:

  1. Criminals are becoming increasingly specialized in a particular field and commodifying their services.
  2. The traditional understanding of threat actors is becoming blurred as actors perform attacks typically associated with other roles.
  3. The main driver behind malicious activity remains to be for financial gain.

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