Unique Malware Used in Cyber Attacks Increases by 70% in Just One Quarter

Unique Malware Cyber AttacksAs more cybercriminal gangs continue to enter the game, the massive increase in unique types of malware means it will become increasingly difficult to identify and stop attacks.

Blackberry just put out their Global Threat Intelligence Report in November, covering June through August of this year. According to the report, the number of attacks identified and stopped in the three-month period covered equates to an average of 26 attacks per minute.

And within every one of those proverbial minutes, Blackberry identified an average of 2.9 new pieces of malware.

The four industries with the largest increase in unique malware within attacks are:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Government
  3. Critical Infrastructure
  4. Finance

Over half of all malware (52%) was spotted within attacks on U.S.-based organizations. And while many of the attacks detected by Blackberry began by taking advantage of a vulnerability, keep in mind that phishing and social engineering remain the most prevalent method of initial access, putting the onus on the user to spot an attack before clicking on a malicious link or email.

To stop attacks that involve social engineering that leverages phishing, smishing, or the web as the communication vehicle, organizations need to implement new-school security awareness training to empower users with the necessary knowledge to identify and stop an attack by not engaging with it.

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