2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – Malware Falls

2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – Malware Falls

Instituting widespread work-from-home policies in response
to the COVID-19 pandemic was the right thing to do, both
from a business continuity standpoint and from an employee
safety standpoint.2-2

The downside is that organizations are more distributed
than ever before — and this is having an impact on how
cybercriminals approach the targeting and deployment
of malware.

During the first half of 2020, malware fell from 4.8 billion to
3.2 billion cases, a drop of 33% over 2019’s mid-year total.
This drop is the continuation of a downward trend that began
last November.

Remarkably, every month in 2020 has seen less total malware
volume than any month in 2019. The latest malware data
available, from June 2020, shows 440.3 million total malware
hits — less than half of 2019’s high of 1.1 billion set in October.


There are many reasons one region may see
more malware than another, including:

• Allocation of cybersecurity resources
• More targeted attacks run by specific
advanced persistent threats (APT)
• Attacks related to regional events such as
elections, civic actions, natural disasters, etc.
• The severity of penalties levied against
cybercriminals in a specific region

See how the experts at CisCom can help you with this and more!

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