September 29, 2017 |

New Cyber Security Report Analyses ‘Post-Malware’ World

F-Secure’s new cyber security report paints a stark picture of the threats posed by insecure networks and devices, the internet of things, cyber crime and more. Berkshire, UK – 15th February 2017: Cyber security company F-Secure released a new report today that explores the trends and threats defining the current state of cyber security across […]

F-Secure’s new cyber security report paints a stark picture of the threats posed by insecure networks and devices, the internet of things, cyber crime and more.

Berkshire, UK – 15th February 2017: Cyber security company F-Secure released a new report today that explores the trends and threats defining the current state of cyber security across the globe. F-Secure’s State of Cyber Security 2017 report pays particular attention to security issues facing companies as the threat landscape transitions away from conventional malware to more dynamic threats.

 

“Today’s threats can outsmart old one-dimensional security approaches, regardless of how strong everyone thinks they are. Phishing, lists of pre-compromised accounts and networks sold online, and other resources make breaching a government organisation or Fortune 500 company within reach of a lot of different attackers,” said F-Secure security advisor Sean Sullivan. “We’re in a post-malware world because the threat landscape has industrialised and cyber criminals aren’t only relying on the most common types of malware to make money.”

 

The report provides data and insights on the key issues cyber security researchers and experts see dominating the threat landscape. Some key findings from the report include:

 

  • A majority of active reconnaissance traffic in 2016 came from IP addresses in just 10 countries, with Russia, the Netherlands, the United States, China, and Germany being hotspots for these activities
  • Outdated versions of Android continue to expose mobile devices to risks, with Indonesia having the largest proportion of outdated Android devices in use, while Norway has the smallest
  • Most cyber attacks are performed with basic, scriptable techniques against poorly maintained infrastructure
  • 197 new ransomware families were discovered in 2016 compared with just 44 in 2015
  • Exploit kit usage declined during 2016

 

The report also contains features on notable events and trends from 2016, including information on Mirai-based botnets, upstream attacks, cyber crime and general IT trends that are shaping the threat landscape. Several other organisations also contributed articles to the report, including the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Virus Bulletin, and AV-TEST.

 

According to F-Secure security expert Andy Patel, the report was written to send a message to defenders about the importance of risk management. “Commodity malware, like ransomware, is still prevalent. And endpoint protection is great at protecting users from those threats. But defenders need to think about threat assessment, penetration testing, breach detection, incident response and crisis management if they want cyber security plans they can count on when attackers wise up to their defences.”

 

“The bomber will always get through, so defenders better be ready for it,” added Patel.

 

More Information:

F-Secure State of Cyber Security 2017 report

 

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About F-Secure

Nobody knows cyber security like F-Secure. For three decades, F-Secure has driven innovations in cyber security, defending tens of thousands of companies and millions of people. With unsurpassed experience in endpoint protection as well as detection and response, F-Secure shields enterprises and consumers against everything from advanced cyber attacks and data breaches to widespread ransomware infections. F-Secure’s sophisticated technology combines the power of machine learning with the human expertise of its world-renowned security labs for a singular approach called Live Security. F-Secure’s security experts have participated in more European cyber crime scene investigations than any other company in the market, and its products are sold all over the world by over 200 broadband and mobile operators and thousands of resellers.

 

Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

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F-Secure media relations 

Geoff Dorrington

PR manager, F-Secure UK & Ireland

E: geoff.dorrington@f-secure.com

T: 01753 376592

 

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