Let’s begin with some good news: malware volumes actually declined in the first half of 2020 by some 32% versus the same period last year. Before you begin celebrating, however, consider these important caveats:
- One reason for the drop in malware detections is because attacks formerly directed at offices are increasingly targeting remote workers at their firewall-free homes, where they’re harder to see. “The malware is not coming into the traditional enterprises. It’s coming into new places,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner yesterday during a virtual media gathering.
- As we’ll see shortly, another reason malware has declined this year is because attackers are switching to ransomware instead.
Meanwhile, though malware volumes may be down so far this year, malware variants are up. In fact, SonicWall identified 315,395 new malware variants in the first six months of 2020, a 62% year-over-year spike.
Worse yet, the latest malware is harder to find too. In fact, many of the new malware strains introduced this year slipped past SonicWall’s Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox technology and would have evaded detection altogether if not for another Capture ATP feature called Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI). Introduced in 2018, that system uses CPU instruction tracking and machine learning to spot encrypted attacks designed to lie dormant when detonated in a sandbox. RTDMI found 120,910 of this year’s previously unsees malware variants.
More Galleries like This
The security vendor foresees less ransomware, more business email compromise scams, and a dangerous increase in attacks on industrial infrastructure control systems.
A new report from the security vendor reveals ransomware to be the biggest but far from only significant threat plaguing businesses presently.
All three companies published new research studies at CompTIA’s 2017 ChannelCon event today. Here are a few of their most interesting findings.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, ransomware has victimized lots of SMBs in the past year, according to a new study from Datto. The same research points to some encouraging trends, however.
Spook your customers into purchasing the robust security solutions they all should be using with the help of these truly frightening data points from leading security vendors.