SEATTLE – December 9, 2020 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in network security and intelligence, advanced endpoint protection, multi-factor authentication and secure Wi-Fi, today announced the release of itsInternet Security Report for Q3 2020. Top findings from the research reveal how COVID-19 has impacted the security threat landscape, with evidence that attackers continue to target corporate networks despite the shift to remote work, and a rise in pandemic-related malicious domains and phishing campaigns.
“As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, our threat intelligence provides key insight into how attackers are adjusting their tactics,” said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. “While there’s no such thing as ‘the new normal’ when it comes to security, businesses can be sure that increasing protection for both the endpoint and the network will be a priority in 2021 and beyond. It will also be important to establish a layered approach to information security, with services that can mitigate evasive and encrypted attacks, sophisticated phishing campaigns and more.”
WatchGuard’s Internet Security Reports inform businesses, their partners and end customers with hard data, expert analysis and actionable insights on the latest malware and network attack trends as they emerge and influence the ever-evolving threat landscape. Key findings from the Q3 2020 report include:
· Businesses click on hundreds of phishing attacks and bad links – In Q3, WatchGuard’s DNSWatch service blocked a combined 2,764,736 malicious domain connections, which translates to 499 blocked connections per organization in total. Breaking it down further, each organization would have reached 262 malware domains, 71 compromised websites, and 52 phishing campaigns. Combined with the aforementioned rise in convincing COVID-19 scams, these findings illustrate the importance of deploying DNS filtering services and user security awareness training.
WatchGuard’s quarterly research reports are based on anonymized Firebox Feed data from active WatchGuard appliances whose owners have opted in to share data to support the Threat Lab’s research efforts. In Q3, nearly 48,000 WatchGuard appliances contributed data to the report (the most ever), blocking a total of more than 21.5 million malware variants (450 per device) and more than 3.3 million network threats (or roughly 70 detections per appliance). Firebox appliances continued their upward trend of unique signature detections as well, collectively identifying and blocking 438 unique attack signatures – a 6.8% increase over Q2 and the most since Q4 2018.
The complete report includes in-depth research and key defensive best practices that businesses of all sizes can use to protect themselves against modern security threats. The report also features a detailed analysis of the historic Twitter hack that compromised 130 high-profile accounts to promote a Bitcoin scam in July 2020.
Read WatchGuard’s full Q3 2020 Internet Security Report here today: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-resource-center/security-report-q3-2020.
About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, advanced endpoint protection, and network intelligence. The company’s award-winning products and services are trusted around the world by nearly 18,000 security resellers and service providers to protect more than 250,000 customers. WatchGuard’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for midmarket businesses and distributed enterprises. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.
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