How SonicWall protected customers during the 2018 holiday period
To get ready for Christmas, the winter months see a large spike in customer online activity. People are saving time by purchasing presents and other items in the convenience of their own home. But the increase in users online gives cybercriminals increased opportunity to deceive people and steal their payment details.
SonicWall recorded deep cyber threat data from its customers in an attempt to see how cybercriminal’s behaviour has changed in recent years, and how it changes during the holiday period.
Overall, cybercriminals have upscaled their phishing, malware, and ransomware attacks in recent years, especially during events which promote online sales, such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.
SonicWall firewalls recorded the following number of attacks in the whole month of December in the US alone:
• 2.7 million ransomware attacks (up 177% from 2017)
• 276.4 million malware attacks (down 27% from 2017)
• 797,607 phishing attacks (up 116% from 2017)
The UK showed a four-fold increase in ransomware attacks on SonicWall customers. The following shows the number of attacks in the month of December on UK customers:
• 527,734 ransomware attacks (up 432% from 2017)
• 52.1 million malware attacks (down 2% from 2017)
• 30,740 phishing attacks (no increase over 2017)
How did SonicWall protect customers in the holiday period from this increase in IT threat?
SonicWall firewalls are multi-layered to block even the most sophisticated malware, ransomware or phishing attempts throughout the year. Most products use a behaviour-based antivirus strategy and uses techniques, like machine learning, to analyse your typical behaviour on your computer, therefore, detecting any suspicious files or activity.
Malware can manipulate the code on your system and SonicWall can rollback these changes the malware made to your system, returning it to normal. Some malware is encrypted and can pass undetected through conventional firewalls. However, SonicWall has a deep-packet inspection system to detect even hidden hacking attempt. For email phishing attempts, SonicWall scans emails and investigates attachments before you’ve seen them, hence, keeping you safe from deceitful emails. Call us today to discuss your requirement 01625 466600