2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – What is Malware Spread?

2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – What is Malware Spread?

SonicWall recorded 1.8 billion
malware hits in the United
States through June 2020
— more than four times
the next-highest ranked
(U.K., with 231.9 million). So
why aren’t these countries
the riskiest?

Malware totals are useful
in calculating trends, but
they’re of limited usefulness
when determining relative
risk: They ignore factors such
as size, population, number
of sensors and more.

By calculating the
percentage of sensors
that saw a malware attack,
we get much more useful
information about whether
an organization is likely to
see malware in an area.

The greater this malware
spread percentage, the more
widespread malware is in a
given region.

It can be helpful to compare
malware spread with how
we explain precipitation.
Knowing the total amount
of rainfall in an area can be
useful for year-over-year
comparisons, but it can’t tell
you whether you’re likely to
need an umbrella.

For that, you need the
Probability of Precipitation, or
the “chance of rain.” Like the
malware spread percentage,
this calculation takes into
account a number of other
factors to provide a more
meaningful risk assessment.

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

Blog content for the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report series provided by our partners at SonicWall.