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. We observed a drastic increase in malicious website encounters and significant changes to the malicious IP landscape, as well as an overall decrease in the average lifespan of phishing sites. These observations are evidence of a highly reactive threat landscape that adapts at a moment’s notice to changes in the ways users try to protect themselves.
At Webroot, we know we need to operate smarter and faster than the cybercrime ecosystem to be effective. Our technology puts a premium on real-world, real- time visibility into various threat vectors as they are encountered. We use advanced machine learning to analyze and correlate billions of internet objects and daily events, and leverage that data to predict where threats will next emerge. This precise awareness and predictive capability powers all Webroot products, as well as dozens of partner integrations, and provides the quality of real- time threat intelligence necessary to prevent cyberattacks.
The 2017 Webroot Threat Report provides a uniquely insightful global view into the analysis and discoveries made by the Webroot ® Threat Intelligence Platform to provide insights on key trends and risks as seen by our users over the past year.