We have just concluded 2017, so I wanted to recapitulate some of the major events in the Cybersecurity space which have happened during this year.
Naturally, there are too many to mention all of them, but you can find a short list of the ones I believe were the more relevant below.
Let start with some numbers first.
Ransomware Detection by Country
Below is a list of top 10 countries sorted by ransomware detection:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Looking Back on 2017 in Cybersecurity
During 2017, a new malware specimen emerged every 4.2 seconds. That gives us a total of 7.41 million of new malware specimen created in 2017 (compared with the 6.83 million created in 2016).
Here is a list of some of the well known ransomware attacks, information on attack growth in general and other metrics that I thought you would find interesting that happened during this year:
- WannaCry: It is estimated that this ransomware affected at least 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries. These numbers don’t take into account further ransomware variations such as Petya, NotPetya, Locky and other families of malware.
- Equifax Data Breach: The Credit Report Bureau disclosed a breach that exposed data on 143 million US consumers
- It is expected that global ransomware damage cost will be around $5 billion in 2017. This is a 15X increase in 2 years and expected to worsen.
- Cybersecurity companies predict that a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds by 2019.
- Ransomware attacks have increased 300% over 2015, where 1,000 ransomware attacks were seen per day.
- The number of phishing emails containing a form of ransomware grew more than 90%.
- 43 percent of cyber-attacks target small business
- The median number of days that attackers stay dormant within a network before detection is over 200 days.
- The number of IoT devices connected to the Internet grew more than 30 percent (8,4 billion units)
I hope you have a great festive season and I wish you the best for this coming year.
Until next Malware Monday. Be safe out there.