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Cyber Security Facts and Stats
Nearly all cyber attacks involve the use of impersonation.
Impersonation attacks are emails that impersonate a trusted individual or company in an attempt to gain access to sensitive data or finances. Recent industry research found that 90% of cyber-attacks begin with phishing emails that use social engineering and impersonation.
More than 90% of malware is delivered through email.
A malware attack is a type of cyberattack in which malware or malicious software performs activities on the victim’s computer system, usually without his/her knowledge. These malicious programs can perform a variety of different functions such as stealing, encrypting or deleting sensitive data, altering or hijacking core computing functions and monitoring users’ computer activity without their permission.
Almost half of all malicious attachments are Office files.
Malicious Office attachments are written in the same language as Office macros, which spread by hijacking the victim’s email and sending it to the victim’s contacts. These threats can be devastating to systems that are set to enable macros.
Most Anti-virus solutions only protect against known threats.
Many anti-virus solutions depend on stored virus signatures to detect viruses that have already been identified and analyzed by security experts.
Advanced threat detection products evaluate an object based on its intended actions before it can actually execute that behavior.
Signature-based defenses cannot protect against single-use malware.
Recent industry research found that an overwhelming majority of observed malware is single-use. This means it was designed to be used only once in a targeted attack and is an unknown threat.
A spreading threat may be undetectable to anti-virus solutions that use traditional signature virus identification.
Protection using traditional signature virus identification is limited to threats with known signatures. This allows hackers to take their time analyzing stolen data because often the business is unaware of the breach.
On average, companies take about 197 days to identify and 69 days to contain a breach.
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