As we wrap up a “winning” week at the 2017 RSA conference in San Francisco, attended by more than 45,000, I am excited to highlight incredible momentum from our Threat Report, recent industry awards, and most importantly the conversations with our loyal customers and partners. We are excited to hear the overwhelming enthusiasm for the 2017 Annual Threat Report, the launch of Email Security 9.0 with Capture, the technical preview of SonicOS 6.2.7 and our SecureFirst Partner Program.
- The volume of unique malware samples declined to 60 million, a 6.25 percent decrease.
- Point-of-sale malware creation have declined by 93 percent since 2014.
- Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security encrypted traffic increased by 38 percent year-over-year.
- Cyber criminals shifted their focus to new threats, including ransomware attacks which grew by 167x year-over-year.
There’s no question companies are being more proactive in their network security approach than ever before. We’ve made substantial gains as an industry, in terms of cybersecurity education and adoption rates across businesses of all sizes. But when major technology companies with multi-layered security programs are still falling victim to breaches year after year, it points to a different problem altogether – that even accepted security best practices can sometimes leave gaps.
News reports about new data breaches have become an all too frequent occurrence. But cyber attacks can’t and don’t stop state and local governments from getting on with the business of governing. It’s easy to fall into a state of paralytic fear about attacks and data breaches, but in the meantime, state and local governments need to deliver the services their citizens rely upon, and continue to leverage technology to expand and improve those services.