How to Use Threat Intelligence to Stop Cyber Attacks


To proactively protect networks and data in today’s fast-moving cyber arms race, organizations must be able to collect, analyze and apply threat intelligence to make smart and agile security decisions.

For some organizations, this is part of everyday life — even if it’s still increasingly difficult. For others, it’s just not possible based on company size, expertise, budget or any number of challenging factors.

SonicWall wants each and every organization to know what they’re up against. We’ve discussed the enhanced SonicWall Security Center, but it’s important for organizations to realize that it includes real-time Threat Meters that provide actionable cyber threat intelligence that may be leveraged to better protect their business.

The SonicWall Threat Meters offer a graphical view of the worldwide attacks over the last 24 hours, countries being attacked and geographic attack origins. This complimentary tool helps accurately illustrate the pace and speed of the cyber arms race.

Within the SonicWall Security Center, the highly interactive threat meters provide real-time threat intelligence about today’s most critical attack trends. This includes attacks data about:

Knowing the cyber threats — in real time

But identifying the attacks isn’t the only value here. Understanding what’s at risk and what is being mitigated is unmistakably valuable for organizations of all types. For example, did you know that in February 2018 alone, the average SonicWall customer faced the following:

  • 2,510 malware attacks, a month-over-month increase of 138 percent
  • 45 ransomware attacks, a month-over-month increase of 122 percent
  • 169 encrypted cyber attacks, a month-over-month increase of 125 percent
  • 715 new attack variants per business day, a month-over-month increase of 43 percent
  • 11 phishing attacks per day

Security Center Malware Map

How to stop cyber attacks

Organizations should leverage this threat intelligence to implement a security strategy that delivers automated, real-time breach detection and protection. This can be achieved via an integrated suite of cyber security controls that include next-generation firewalls, cloud sandbox, email security, remote access solutions, SSL and TLS deep packet inspection, and security management and reporting capabilities.

SonicWall is ready to help you design and deploy a security strategy that matches the business objectives, size and budgets of your organization. Connect with a SonicWall security expert, or an authorized SonicWall partner, to get started.

See Real-Time Threat Intelligence

Did you know you can improve your security posture by knowing what attacks are most likely to target your organization? Visit the SonicWall Security Center to see the latest attack trends, types and volume across the world.

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Robert (Bob) VanKirk
President and CEO | Sonicwall
SonicWall’s President and Chief Executive Officer is Bob VanKirk. Under his guidance, SonicWall delivers more security-rich, cost-effective, partner-centric and user-friendly products and services than ever before. His articles bring together his vast knowledge of the cybersecurity marketplace and technology. In addition, he draws on his expertise in sales effectiveness and efficiency, partner strategies and marketing. His work helped deliver year-over-year growth for SonicWall, including record sales for FY2022. Before joining SonicWall, Bob was the Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with Silent Circle and served as SVP of American Sales and Service at Entrust. Bob received a B.A. from Davidson College and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University in Business and Policy.