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A year ago, we accurately predicted cybersecurity threats that have since been realized, from attacks that targeted the presidential election to the continued onslaught of ransomware. Awareness of cyber threats may be at an all-time high, but attacks are still both prevalent and successful. Nonetheless, for the first time ever, we witnessed a minor year-over-year decrease in the volume of malware. In part, the decline can be attributed to the increased security awareness mentioned, but it also reflects changes in cybercriminal tactics.

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