The Evasive & Evil Use of Encryption
Malicious content, disguised within SSL/TLS encrypted traffic, is the latest infamous trend in the world of cybercrime. Attackers are continuing to develop new, evasive methods to bypass them! File encryption is an integral part of safeguarding personal information that is transferred via the Internet. Consequently, cyber attackers use this process to their leverage, by hiding malware.
The statistics above show the total number of malware attacks through SSL, from January 2016 to November 2017. The year of 2016 saw the least number of cases, besides the month of May. Large fluctuations occurred more frequently in 2017, with almost 700,000 attacks in the month of November! Reports show that an average of 4.2 percent of all file-based malware cases used SSL/TLS encryption in 2017.
Small Business Statistics
Did you know that 43 percent of cyber-attacks target SME’s? This is because their cyber-security defenses are not reliable enough to combat today’s advanced threats! An additional 60 percent of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack too. Unless more businesses are made aware of this ongoing threat, the figures will only continue to rise.
Being familiar with this deceiving method is only half the battle though as without the ability to inspect encrypted traffic, small companies are likely to presume that an encrypted file containing malware is safe. Fortunately, SMBs are responding to these unwanted cyber security threats by investing in affordable products that are designed to decrypt, inspect and mitigate these hidden risks.
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