Sonicwall have released their latest Cyber Threat Intelligence Report for the month of May and have already found a 299% increase in ransomware year to date.
That 299% translates to an increase of 2 million ransomware attacks from the start of 2018 to May and 9 million ransomware attacks for the month of May globally.
To put these numbers in perspective, Sonicwall have broken them down by their individual customers. In May 2018, the average customer faced:
- 2,302 malware attacks (56 percent year-over-year increase)
- 62 ransomware attacks (69 percent year-over-year increase)
- Almost 94 encrypted threats
- Over 14 phishing attacks per day
What can you do to protect your business?
It is important to continuously train your staff as they are often time the last line of defence in your business. If staff are up to date with the tricks that scammers employ they are able to pick out red flags and avoid falling victim.
Conducting testing on your staff can also help identify vulnerabilities and let you know where to focus your training. White Hat Phishing is when fake phishing emails are sent to your staff encouraging them to click on links or download files. Companies can then identify how susceptible they are to phishing emails and train staff appropriately.
Companies that have implemented white hat phishing have seen a significant drop in staff clicking on compromised emails.