SonicWall's 2019 Cyber Threat Report Reveals Increase in Worldwide & Targeted Attacks

SonicWall's 2019 Cyber Threat Report Reveals Increase in Worldwide & Targeted Attacks

SonicWall, fighting the cyber-criminal industry for over 25 years defending small, medium-size businesses and enterprises worldwide released the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report and the report suggests that an escalation in the volume of cyberattacks and new, targeted threat tactics used by cyber criminals.

Bill Conner, President & CEO, SonicWall, says, “Cyber perpetrators are not letting up in their relentless pursuit to illegally obtain data, valuable information and intellectual property. We must be unyielding in this cyber arms race. Sharing vital threat information with our customers and partners provides them a tactical advantage. But it’s also important to arm those at the forefront of this battle with this intelligence, promote global awareness of the threat landscape and continue to facilitate important dialogue around today’s most prevalent cyber threats”.

SonicWall threat researchers also claim that their patent-pending Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection identified 74,290 ne never-seen-before attacks in 2019. These variants were so new, unique and complex that they were without a signature at the time of discovery and included detection of multiple side-channel attacks. Also, based upon a sampling of more than 700 million malware attacks, SonicWall research revealed that 19.2 percent of malware attacks used non-standard ports, a year-over-year increase of 8.7 percent. 

Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman & Co-founder, The Chertoff Group, says, “The concern over security and privacy is more prevalent than ever before. Industry and government must collaborate to build a more secure environment, mitigate risk, and build citizen trust in government and consumer trust in business. This report provides critical analysis into the evolution of cyber adversaries threat tactics and methods. As organizations increasingly rely on metrics to understand and forecast risk, this intelligence will help enterprises and governments make informed decisions on their security investment”.

The annual report is a result of SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers analyzing data from over 200,000 malicious events and malware samples daily to compare and document online criminal activity.

• 10.52 billion malware attacks were blocked in 2018, the most ever recorded to date by the SonicWall

• 217.5 percent increase in IoT attacks in 2018

• More than 2.8 million encrypted malware attacks were blocked in 2018, a 27 percent year-over-year increase from 2017

• 11 percent year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks

• 56 percent increase in web app attacks

• 3.9 trillion intrusion attempts

Founded in 1991, SonicWall is backed by research from SonicWall Capture Labs, the award-winning, real-time breach detection and prevention solutions secure more than a million networks, and their emails, applications and data, in over 215 countries and territories. The Threat Report delivers an in-depth look at threat intelligence obtained from its more than 1 million sensors from around the world.

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