Back in 2010, the inaugural issue of Mandiant’s M-Trends focused purely on the APT landscape, when ‘APT’ was certainly not as familiar a term as it is today. It provided unique insight into why readers should be concerned about APTs, how organizations become compromised and the challenges in dealing with the various threats. It featured a number of case studies to give important context. The rest, as they say, is history.
Mandiant had already become a highly respected company since its inception six years earlier. It was not until 2013 that it was acquired by FireEye, months after a report within M-Trends documented evidence of cyberattacks dating back to 2006 by a Chinese actor which it referred to as APT1. Whist this event is widely regarded as a major contributor to Mandiant’s rise to prominence, M-Trends had, in fact, referred to the Chinese threat in that very first edition back in 2010.
M-Trends has gone from strength to strength …continuing to highlight trends and disturbing new threats, the growth in number and diversity of APTs and providing in-depth analysis of real-world attacks. More recently, its remit has been broadened to other pressing industry issues such as the chronic ubiquitous skills gap. What has remained constant, however, is the fact that its knowledge is delivered straight from the frontlines of cyberattacks.