To increase the chances of a malware deploying
and executing within a target environment,
savvy cybercriminals use transport layer
security (TLS) and secure sockets layer (SSL)
encryption standards to mask their attacks
from inspection by traditional security controls.
In 2019, SonicWall Capture Labs threat
researchers recorded 3.7 million malware
attacks sent over TLS/SSL traffic, a 27.3%
Launching malware across encrypted traffic
works for threat actors because many firewall
appliances do not have the capability or
processing power to responsibly detect,
inspect and mitigate cyberattacks sent via
This is a mounting concern. Despite the dip to
close the year, the consistently upward
volume trends suggest the use of this attack
vector will only increase in the future.
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