Cybercriminals who hack into information systems are becoming faster and far more efficient, according to the "Nowhere To Hide, 2021 Threat Hunting Report: Insights" report from CrowdStrike's Falcon OverWatch team that was published in THE Journal.

Specifically, the data security company found that from four hours and 37 minutes in the prior report in 2020, it now just requires one hour and 32 minutes for an intruder to begin transferring into other systems within the network after the initial breach. The new analysis also found that hacking into university systems is on the rise. It showed that the education sector had an 80% rise in breaches from the same period last year, increasing its overall percentage of intrusions to 5%.

"In order to thwart modern adversaries' stealthy and unabashed tactics and techniques, it's imperative that organizations incorporate both expert threat hunting and threat intelligence into their security stacks, layer machine-learning enabled endpoint detection and response (EDR) into their networks and have comprehensive visibility into endpoints to ultimately stop adversaries in their tracks," Falcon OverWatch, CrowdStrike Vice President Param Singh said in a statement.