Read a recent study on the origins of malicious software aka malware. Here are the highlights:
Current Malware Statistics
29% – Malware is previously unknown to security vendors due to the continued efforts of malware creators to hide the software or make it undetectable.
88% – Malware is delivered to people’s inboxes and some of it bypassing normal SPAM filters.
8.8 Days – Time before regular antivirus vendors have discovered the malware and added it to their lists for detection.
$50 – The cost of a pre-fabricated malware kit that can be bought currently on the dark web.
“The most common type of malicious attachments were: documents (Word – 31%), archive files (ZIP & RAR – 28%), spreadsheets (Excel – 19%) and executable files (EXE – 17%).”
What can be done?
A multi-tiered approach to security remains the best solution:
- Moving from traditional antivirus to Enhanced Detection & Response (EDR) software to go beyond lists of know infections to behavior tracking of software
- Moving from traditional SPAM filters to Email Advanced Threat Protection which scans each email and opens each attachment to see if there is any malicious activity cause by them
- Moving from traditional router to a business class firewall with Intrusion Prevention System to monitor traffic for suspicious activity
- Employee training is also key to keep your staff aware of immerging trends and threats
If your company is looking to enhance your network security posture, then contact us for assistance.