The telecommunications sector is a vital component to the operational success of nearly every existing sector.

Due to the critical role these entities provide for a range of sectors and the physical and psychological impact an attack against one of these entities can cause, organizations operating in this vertical face a multitude of cyber threats stemming from nation-state, criminal, and hacktivist adversaries. The predominant threat to this sector originates from nation-state adversaries suspected of seeking information that could support espionage, infrastructure access, and access to customer data. Many eCrime distribution campaigns that have directly affected telecommunications organizations tend to be opportunistic; However, campaigns that deliver malware associated with enterprise-focused Big Game Hunting (BGH) adversaries may enable additional operations designed to compromise organizations that have a lot to lose by an outage and the resources to pay a significantly high ransom.

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