Update on Cyber Security!!!
On the positive side, the security industry is making advances in several key areas that are helping keep companies better protected from cyber attacks. The most notable of the advances we found in our research are:
- The number of new POS malware variants decreased by 88 percent since 2015
- SSL and TLS encrypted traffic increased 34 percent year-over-year
- Major exploit kits Angler, Nuclear and Neutrino disappeared
- Unique malware attack attempts dropped to 7.87 billion from 8.19 billion in 2015
Yet despite these positive industry advances, the cyber war landscape saw some new challenges emerge. The most notable of these we found in our research were:
- Ransomware attacks grew 167x from 2014 to 2016 to an astounding 638 million attacks during the year
- SSL/TLS encrypted malware was exploited 72 percent more often in 2016 than in 2015
- Internet of Things (IoT) devices were compromised to launch record-setting DDoS attacks
- Despite significant efforts by Google to patch vulnerabilities, Android continued to be exploited by cyber criminals
New Malware has taken to the holidays! Keep an eye out for new malware that encrypts your data and changes file extensions to .rip
Here is some info about the malware.