Sonicwall has published their Annual Threat Report for 2018 – what you read inside may surprise you.
As more of your business information is digitized, cybersecurity should be a key component of your overall business security. It’s the only way you can ensure that your data is protected from cybercriminals. It’s because of the extensive damage that cybercrime continues to do to businesses every year that industry-leading cybersecurity solutions developers like Sonicwall perform extensive research and analysis to track the progress of the battle against hackers.
In their 2018 Annual Threat Report, Sonicwall Published their most recent findings. Click to here to download your free copy of the full report. In the meantime, consider these key highlights:
Malware Is Bigger Than Ever
Malware remains among the top cyber threats that businesses face today. As malware continues to become more prevalent, it’s more important than ever for businesses of all sizes to be aware of what threats are out there, and which specific threats they need to be the most concerned about.
Malware is the umbrella term given to a range of malicious software types, including but not limited to viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and more. Partly due to this broad definition, and partly due to the general increase in cybercrime, Sonicwall reports that in 2017, the number of malware attacks increased to 9.32 billion, up from 7.87 billion in 2016, and 8.19 billion in 2015.
Ransomware Attacks Decline, But Methods Vary
Ransomware is a malware program that infects, locks, or takes control of a system and then demands a ransom to reverse it. The hacker encrypts the victim’s data and scrambles it so they can’t access it. Ransomware attacks and infects your computer with the intention to extort money from you. It’s installed via a malicious email attachment, an infected software download, and/or when you visit a malicious website or link.
According to Sonicwall, between 2016 and 2017, the number of ransomware attacks dropped from 638 million to 184 million. However, the number of ransomware variants skyrocketed by 101.2 percent, with Sonicwall Capture Labs threat researchers needing to create 2,855 new unique ransomware signatures over the course of 2017.
In 2018, we will likely witness more sophisticated forms of malware that use encrypted traffic to covertly infiltrate organizations. Cerber is a Trojan that mainly spreads via email spam, using encryption to avoid detection. According to SonicWall Capture Labs, on average, 60 file-based malware propagation attempts are made each day. Without the ability to inspect encrypted traffic, the average organization would have missed over 900 attacks per year hidden by SSL/TLS encryption.
Most of us just learned about Meltdown and Spectre, but they’ve actually been at work for more than a year. These memory-based attacks use proprietary encryption methods that can’t be decrypted, and you must quickly detect, capture, and track them once they’re found (within 100 nanoseconds).
The Internet of Things (IoT) was also a popular attack vector last year and will be bigger this year due to the fact that this kind of smart technology isn’t updated regularly. The IoT refers to the connection of devices to the Internet. It can include things like cars, machinery, appliances, and medical and manufacturing devices. Any internet-connected device that’s controlled from a remote location is part of the Internet of Things. Cybercriminals are using new attack techniques for the IoT and chip processors.
PDF & Microsoft Office Threats
The next, new attack vector cybercriminals are leveraging are against PDFs and Microsoft Office programs. Many older legacy firewalls and anti-virus solutions can’t identify and mitigate these threats.
Malicious Cryptocurrency Mining
Malware forces computer devices, including mobile devices to mine currency for attackers. These are prevalent in Windows and Android devices, and they’re already at work.
To survive the fight against cybercrime, your business must leverage the latest and proper cybersecurity tools and solutions. What worked last year and the year before won’t be sufficient. These methods are already considered outdated.
So how can you keep your business safe? Sonicwall recommends that you implement security that is:
- Layered and utilizes next-generation firewalls, email security solutions, real-time cloud sandboxing, and secure mobile access controls and wireless access points.
- Intelligent and uses machine-learning and artificial intelligence that can make real-time decisions against the most advanced and sophisticated cyber attacks.
- Integrated & Automatic with real-time breach detection and protection that links security, intelligence, analytics, management, and reporting.
- Versatile to protect your business, brand, and data with critical security capabilities that are deployed in an integrated, cohesive manner across all your IT environments.
For more information, click here to download your free copy of the Sonicwall 2018 Annual Threat Report.
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