The very latest cyber threat intelligence for May 2018 depicts increases in a number of attack areas, particularly when comparing against 2017 cyber threat data. Through May 2018, the SonicWall Capture Labs threat researches have recorded: Global Cyberattacks — May 2018 2 million malware attacks (64 percent year-over-year increase) 9 million ransomware attacks (78 percent year-over-year increase) 238,828 encrypted threats (142 percent year-over-year increase) Global Cyberattacks — Year to Date 5 billion malware attacks (128 percent increase ) 2 million ransomware attacks (299 percent increase) 2 million encrypted threats (283 percent increase) To put these numbers in a more practical light, it’s helpful to break them down by customer.
You can’t fight what you can’t see. Cliché as it may sound, cybercriminals are using organizations’ lack of network visibility as a cornerstone for their attack strategies. Savvy threat actors are encrypting their malware payloads to cloak attacks and defeat standard security controls. At RSA Conference 2018 in San Francisco, SonicWall president and CEO Bill Conner spoke with TechRepublic about the rapidly changing cyber arms race and the need to properly detect and inspect encrypted traffic, which made up 68 percent of all web traffic in 2017 — a 24 percent year-over-year increase from 2016.
Since the shocking announcement of serious Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in early 2018, we have yet to hear of a mega-breach that would signal the start of another vicious hacking year. Has it been luck? Are our network security defenses stronger? Or are current hacks hiding their efforts? Whatever the situation, the expectations from lessons learned in historical security events are that hacking tools will evolve and new threat vectors will emerge — year after year.
“Inspect every packet, every time.” This has been my advice to any network admin or business owner for many years. This is equally important in regards to encrypted traffic. Much of the internet has become encrypted, meaning that it can only be perused and accessed over HTTPS. While this rightly includes traffic such as online banking and financial sites, it also now includes webmail, social media, online streaming video, music and even search engines.
The SonicWall team is excited to be a gold level sponsor at Black Hat USA, one of the world’s leading IT security events, which opens at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 22. Our booth number is 554 and we look forward to meeting you there. SonicWall will offer attendees information on the company’s suite of automated, real-time breach detection and prevention products and services, including the SonicWall Capture ATP cloud-based network sandbox which detects and stops ransomware, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and zero-day attacks.
Every day our children, teachers and administrators log into the network at school. How can you ensure the data travelling across that network is secure from hidden threats and attacks such as ransomware? With SonicWall next-gen firewalls and DPI SSL inspection technology, IT administrators can find threats hidden in encrypted web traffic that cybercriminals don’t want you to discover across your K-12 network.
The Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2017 runs June 12-14 in the Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, promising the insight you need to guide your organization to a secure digital business future. As the world’s leading research and advisory company, Gartner helps business leaders across all major functions in every industry and enterprise size with the objective insights they need to make the right decisions.
Night vision goggles. Airport x-ray machines. Secret decoder rings. What do they all have in common? Each helps you find something that is hidden, whether it’s an object or code that someone may not want you to discover. Your organization’s security solution needs to perform in a similar manner by inspecting encrypted traffic.
SonicWall is thrilled to be a silver sponsor at Dell EMC World (May 8 – 11 in Las Vegas) in booth #1515. While we are now a separate organization from Dell, we continue our close longtime partnership. This year’s event theme is “Realize your Digital Future.” Organizations today are looking to transform their business to drive IT innovation, enhance workforce mobility and reduce risk.
Times are extremely restless for security teams as they face highly motivated adversaries, and the onslaught of very active and progressive cyber-attacks. Today’s hacking techniques are stealthy, unpredictable in nature and waged by skillful attackers capable of developing innovative ways of circumventing security defenses. One new and more popular way that is becoming a status quo among malware writers today is the malicious use of encryption.