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Malware Tops Annual Cybercrime Report

By October 16, 2018November 16th, 2022No Comments

Europol Cybercrime Report 2018

According to Europol’s 2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) report, ransomware is the top threat to organizations.

This report sites ransomware as the largest player in financially-motivated attacks. It also points out the increase in nation state cyber-attacks as a reason for ransomware’s continued leading threat level.

Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are still quite prevalent. These kinds of attacks were the second most frequent, just after malware, in 2017. It stands to reason that DDoS attacks will be a concern going forward as they are “becoming more accessible, low-cost, and low-risk.”

An emerging field is Cryptojacking. This is the act of using targeted users’ bandwidth to mine cryptocurrencies. These attacks can cripple an organization by dominating their internet bandwidth and device processing power.

How can your organization protect against these threats?

In the event of a cyberattack, authorities should be alerted. But companies should already have a comprehensive IT management solution in place. Maintaining a proper update strategy can mitigate the risk of exposure.

Syxsense has a diverse set of features that eases the burden of IT management. These features include Discovery, Inventory, Patch Management, Software Distribution, Reports, and more. As updates are released, the console will show which devices need updates.

From there, the patch manager can target those vulnerable devices and a task can be launched to deploy the needed patches. Learn more about securing your environment and start a trial with Syxsense.

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