The 2019 Kaspersky Lab year-on-year cybersecurity report is here, and it revealed a number of interesting changes in cyberthreats. Here is a quick primer on what the Kaspersky Lab team discovered!
The 2019 Kaspersky Cybersecurity Report
The 2019 Kaspersky cybersecurity report is based on the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) data from 2017 and 2018.
This report saw an appreciable drop in local infections in Malaysia, but it’s not all roses. The same report noted massive increases in web threats and malware hosting during the same period!
Web Threats, also known as Online Threats, are malware that attack users through the Internet. It can be in the form of a browser-based attack which hijacks the victim’s computer.
The 2019 Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity report reported that they detected over 42 million web threats in 2018 – a shocking 2.5X increase over 2017.
No of Detections
Local Threats are infections or malware that attack the victim’s computer through infected media (like a USB drive), or initially gets into the computer in an encrypted format.
This is the silver lining in the report. The Kaspersky Security Network recorded a 17.4% drop in local threats in 2018, compared to 2017. Even so, that was still way over 67 million detections, and local threats remain a serious cybersecurity threat.
No of Detections
Malware Hosting in the report refers to malware that was detected to be hosted on servers or websites based in Malaysia.
The team reported a massive 3.4X increase in servers or websites hosting malware in Malaysia. Over 1.6 million servers or websites!
No of Incidents
Share of Incidents Hosted
2019 Kaspersky Lab Cybersecurity Advice
Kaspersky Lab security experts advocate the following basic but important steps to protect yourself against cyberthreats in 2019 :
- Carefully check the link before visiting a site, especially for misspelling or other irregularities, even if you think it’s a site you’ve visited regularly before.
- Enter your username and password only over a secure connection. Avoid logging in to online banks and similar services via public Wi-Fi networks.
- Be aware that URLs that begin with the “https” may not always be secure.
- Don’t trust emails from unknown senders until you can verify the authenticity their origins.
- Always run a system with a quality, up-to-date anti-malware program such as Kaspersky Internet Security.
The Kaspersky Security Network
The 2019 Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity report relied on data collected by the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).
KSN is a distributed infrastructure dedicated to intelligent processing cybersecurity-related data streams from millions of voluntary participants around the world. By analysing these data streams automatically in the cloud, KSN delivers much faster reaction times to new and yet unknown cyberthreats.
KSN also employs Kaspersky Lab’s HuMachine principle ~ both Kaspersky Lab expert knowledge and next-generation machine learning capabilities are merged, allowing Kaspersky Lab to spot patterns, changes and new threats in the cyber landscape with greater accuracy and skill.
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