“It’s a tragedy.” At least that is what we are told. Time and time again, when bad things happen, we hear the same things replayed over and over again, or “what could we’ve done to prevent this,” or “we didn’t know.” In life, this can be an honest reaction to certain things.
The 2017 SonicWall Annual Threat Report, published last week, covers the evolution of the cybersecurity landscape through 2016. Based on the data from the SonicWall Global Response Intelligence Defense (GRID) network, the report highlights the advances of the criminal and the defense sides of the global cyber security landscape.
For example, law enforcement apprehended the writers of the popular Angler exploit kit and POS malware dropped significantly, as the industry adopted better security practices and technology.
- 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.
The 2017 RSA Conference opens at Moscone Center in San Francisco next week, February 13-17. One of the biggest cybersecurity events of the year, the conference allows thousands of industry professionals to interact with leading security experts to learn about the latest threats, strategies and techniques to combat increasingly more devastating cyber-attacks.
Recently it was reported that in April 2016 an employee at Michigan-based utility company BWL opened an email and clicked on a malicious attachment laden with ransomware. The result? It shut down accounting and email systems as well as phone lines, which lead to a costly and laborious week of recovery.