Check Point Software Technologies, a global provider of cybersecurity solutions, has published the first instalment of its 2019 Security Report. The report highlights the main tactics cyber-criminals are using to attack organisations worldwide across all industries and gives cybersecurity professionals and C-Level executives the information they need to protect their organisations from today’s fifth-generation cyber-attacks and threats.
The first instalment of the 2019 Security Report reveals the key malware trends and techniques observed by Check Point researchers during the past year.
From a local perspective, cryptominers also dominated the malware landscape in 2018. Organisations in three of the key counties in Africa were highly impacted by Coinhive, which is a crypto-miner:
Mobiles are a moving target: 33% of organisations worldwide were hit by mobile malware, with the leading three malware types targeting the Android OS. 2018 saw several cases where mobile malware was pre-installed on devices and apps available from app stores that were actually malware in disguise.
“From the meteoric rise in cryptomining to massive data breaches and DDoS attacks, there was no shortage of cyber-disruption caused to global organisations over the past year. Threat actors have a wide range of options available to target and extract revenues from organisations in any sector, and the first instalment of the 2019 Security Report highlights the increasingly stealthy approaches they are currently using,” said Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer of Check Point Software Technologies.
“These multi-vector, fast-moving, large-scale Gen V attacks are becoming more and more frequent, and organisations need to adopt a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy that prevents these attacks from taking hold of their networks and data. The 2019 Security Report offers knowledge, insights and recommendations on how to prevent these attacks.”
Check Point’s 2019 Security Report is based on data from Check Point’s ThreatCloud intelligence, the largest collaborative network for fighting cybercrime, which delivers threat data and attack trends from a global network of threat sensors; from Check Point’s research investigations over the last 12 months; and a brand new survey of IT professionals and C-level executives that assesses their preparedness for today’s threats.
The report examines the latest emerging threats against various industry sectors and gives a comprehensive overview of the trends observed in the malware landscape – in emerging data breach vectors, and in nation-state cyber-attacks. It also includes expert analysis from Check Point’s thought leaders, to help organisations understand and prepare themselves for today’s, and tomorrow’s, complex threat landscape.