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SonicWall Research: 7.2 Billion Malware Attacks Thus Far in 2019

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At least 7.2 billion malware attacks and 151.9 million ransomware attacks have been reported through the first nine months of 2019, according to research from the SonicWall Capture Labs threat research team.

However, malware attacks fell 15 percentage points year over year, and ransomware attacks declined 5 percentage points during the time frame, SonicWall indicated.

SonicWall reported a 32 percent year-over-year decline in phishing attacks. It also indicated that most phishing attacks targeted C-suite executives, HR personnel and IT leaders.

Comparatively, SonicWall recorded year-over-year increases in the following types of cyber attacks:

  • Encrypted Malware: Up 58 percent.
  • Web Application Attacks: Up 37 percent.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Malware: Up 33 percent.

Organizations can take a unified and layered security approach to protect their networks against cyber attacks, SonicWall CEO Bill Conner said. In doing so, organizations can maintain real-time protection, quickly identify cyber threats and keep pace with evolving cyber attacks.

Furthermore, cyber attack tactics and techniques are changing, Conner noted. If organizations develop and implement security rules, they can reduce the risk of cyber attacks and data breaches.

How to Guard Against Cyber Attacks

Various network security solutions are available to help organizations guard against cyber attacks.

For example, SonicWall offers firewalls, advanced threat protection and other security solutions to help organizations secure their applications, data and emails. SonicWall also provides the SecureFirst Partner Program that enables MSSPs to integrate SonicWall offerings into their portfolios.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.