Sonicwall 2019 Mid-Year Cyber Threat Report Shows Rise in Ransomware, Cryptojacking and IoT Attacks
Aug01

Sonicwall 2019 Mid-Year Cyber Threat Report Shows Rise in Ransomware, Cryptojacking and IoT Attacks

The Sonicwall 2019 Mid-Year Cyber Threat Report provides insights into the main threats faced by businesses and is based on data from over 200 countries and more than 1 million security sensors around the globe. The report shows there has been a 20% drop in malware attacks in the first half of 2019. While malware attacks have dropped overall, Sonicwall’s report shows an escalation in the use of open source malware kits. The first half of 2019 saw 74,360 never-before-seen malware variants. Ransomware attacks are now being reported at a higher rate and this is reflected in the report. Sonicwall’s figures show there has been a 15% increase in ransomware attacks and an escalation in the use of ransomware-as-a-service. Malware and ransomware can be installed using a variety of methods, although email continues to be the attack vector of choice for many threat actors. Email-based malware attacks most commonly use Office files and PDF files that contain code that downloads a malicious payload. Between February and March 2019, 51% of never-before-seen attacks came from PDF attachments and...

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SonicWall Cyber Threat Report 2018 Shows 71% Decrease in Ransomware Attacks
Mar06

SonicWall Cyber Threat Report 2018 Shows 71% Decrease in Ransomware Attacks

The SonicWall Cyber Threat Report 2018 published this week indicates the volume of ransomware attacks has fallen considerably over the course of the past year, dropping from 638 million attacks in 2016 to 184 million attacks in 2017. While the fall of more than 71% is certainly good news, there has been a notable rise in the ransomware variants used and a sizeable increase in the use of other malware. Between 2016 and 2017 there was a 101.2% rise in ransomware variants in use. SonicWall Captured 2,855 unique ransomware variants in 2017 and reports an 18.4% increase in malware attacks. In 2017, the number of malware attacks rose to 9.32 billion. Ransomware attacks may be down year-over-year, but SonicWall predicts the number of attacks will rise in 2018, albeit targeting different devices. IoT and mobile attacks are likely to become much more common in 2018. SSL/TLS traffic has increased by 24% in the past year as businesses switch from HTTP to HTTPS to provide greater protection for their customers. Cybercriminals have followed suit and are increasingly using SSL/TLS encryption to...

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SonicWall Reports 524% Increase in Malware Variants in the Past 6 Months
Oct04

SonicWall Reports 524% Increase in Malware Variants in the Past 6 Months

There has been 524% growth in the number of malware variants captured by SonicWall in the past six months and a 57% increase in new malicious files analyzed each day. More than 1,000 new malware variants are now used to attack SonicWall customers each day. The global Wannacry and NotPetya attacks were headline news in 2017 and claimed many victims, but the attacks continued as news coverage died down. New strands of Wannacry and NotPetya malware have been developed and continue to be used to attack organizations that have failed to update and secure their systems. There has also been a significant rise in ransomware cyberattacks on small businesses in 2017. Those attacks can be devastating. A study conducted by Osterman research indicates the number of SMBs forced out of business as a result of ransomware attacks has increased by 22%. With the average cost of a data breach now $3.62 million that comes as no surprise. The massive increase in new malware and ransomware variants places a strain on traditional cybersecurity solutions. The rise in attacks and the high cost of mitigation...

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SonicWall Responds to Increasing Cyber Threats with Major Expansion of Cybersecurity Solutions
Sep27

SonicWall Responds to Increasing Cyber Threats with Major Expansion of Cybersecurity Solutions

The massive rise in new ransomware and malware variants, and the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks on businesses have been accompanied by unprecedented innovation at SonicWall, which has rapidly expanded its range of cybersecurity solutions in response to the growing demand for more powerful solutions. SonicWall has now released its new SonicOS operating system, which includes more than 50 new features to enhance security and is the biggest customer-driven release in the history of the company. The SonicOS (v6.5) powers SonicWall’s Automated Real-Time Breach Detection and Prevention Platform. The new release has enhanced threat API capabilities that allow businesses to automate security systems and incorporate third-party intelligence feeds. New wireless features improve connectivity for an increasingly mobile workforce and help security teams enforce their policies across the entire organization. Advanced networking and connectivity capabilities have also been introduced to provide uninterrupted threat protection for connected networks of all types and sizes. The new...

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CyberSecurity Breakthrough Names SonicWall ‘Cybersecurity Company of The Year’
Sep20

CyberSecurity Breakthrough Names SonicWall ‘Cybersecurity Company of The Year’

Each year, CyberSecurity Breakthrough runs an award program that recognizes the efforts and achievements of technology companies, their products, and the people who drive innovation. The awards program covers the full spectrum of cybersecurity solutions including email, web and cloud security, threat detection, fraud prevention, risk management, firewalls, and UTMs across 16 product categories. Each year, the scale of the awards program grows. More than 2,000 nominations were received for this year’s awards program, with companies coming from 12 countries around the world. Those nominations were assessed by a panel of independent expert judges from the cybersecurity community who whittled down the field and selected the companies, products, and people that are having the biggest impact in their respective fields. This year, awards were given to some of the biggest names in cybersecurity including Paloalto networks, Crowdstrike, Proofpoint, Trend Micro, CipherCloud, Avast, and Lookout. There were more than 60 awards issued in this year’s program, with SonicWall chosen as the overall...

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Secure Mobile Access 1000 Series OS 12.0 Launched by SonicWall
Nov16

Secure Mobile Access 1000 Series OS 12.0 Launched by SonicWall

As more businesses take advantage of remote workers, and the use of mobile devices grows, businesses seek solutions that provide an equivalent level of protection for remote and mobile workers as can be achieved within an organization’s facilities. SonicWall’s answer is the Secure Mobile Access (SMA) solution which allows security policy enforcement for mobile and remote workers. This week, SonicWall announced it has launched an updated version of its Secure Mobile Access 1000 Series OS. Version 12.0 includes several enhancements to improve security for remote and mobile users, regardless of the data types accessed or devices used to connect to cloud and on-premise resources. The solution offers enforced SSL VPN to essential applications, data and resources regardless of device type or operating system, with access granted only to trusted users with access rights determined by the health metrics of the connecting device and its location. The solution allows up to 20,000 connections per appliance and large enterprises can combined appliances to provide hundreds of thousands of...

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