2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – Malware Falls

Instituting widespread work-from-home policies in response
to the COVID-19 pandemic was the right thing to do, both
from a business continuity standpoint and from an employee
safety standpoint.2-2

The downside is that organizations are more distributed
than ever before — and this is having an impact on how
cybercriminals approach the targeting and deployment
of malware.

2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – Microsoft Office Files Overtake PDFs

In the first half of 2020, Office files and PDFs made up a third
of all new malicious files identified by Capture ATP. For the
first half of 2019, PDFs showed an edge over Office 365 files,
outpacing them 36,488 to 25,461.

So far in 2020, we’ve seen a major reversal: While 8% fewer
PDF files were uncovered, the number of Office files identified
has exploded, climbing to 70,184 — a 176% increase.

2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – What’s Hiding in Your Office Files

The number of new malware variants found by SonicWall
Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with Real-Time
Deep Memory InspectionTM continues to rise: During the
first six months of 2020, the pair discovered 315,395 new
malware variants.

Each year has brought significant advancements, and the first
half of 2020 is no exception.