Trend Micro Finds Shifting Threats Require Businesses to Rethink Security Priorities

2018 roundup report reveals substantial growth in phishing,
cryptocurrency mining and BEC

Micro Incorporated
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its 2018 Security Roundup Report, which depicts a threat landscape that
has evolved heavily through both approach and tactics. One shift in
attacks that businesses should be aware of is the rapid growth of
cryptocurrency mining, which increased 237 percent in the same time.
Overall, attacks that capitalize on the human desire to respond to
urgent requests from authority are on the rise, such as Business Email
Compromise (BEC) and phishing, with phishing URL detections having
increased an incredible 269 percent compared to 2017.

“The changes across the threat landscape in 2018 reflect a change in
cybercriminal’s mindset,” said Jon Clay, director of global threat
communications for Trend Micro. “Today’s most prevalent attacks are
targeted and well planned, as opposed to one-size-fits-all attacks of
the past. Knowing this pattern, we’re developing products that can
outsmart these attack methods and allow us to be one step ahead of the
bad guys.”

The number of BEC attacks in 2018 increased by 28 percent. While these
attacks are less frequent than phishing attacks, they are more
sophisticated and take more careful planning for cybercriminals and they
yield an average of $132,000 per attack. As these attacks contain no
malware and go undetected by traditional security measures, companies
need to increase their protection against these attacks with smart
solutions that analyze the email writing style of key executives in
order to identify whether the email may be fraudulent. Trend Micro’s Writing
Style DNA
does exactly that and effectively helps detect Business
Email Compromise (BEC) attacks.

Another area of change across the threat landscape in 2018 was seen in
zero-day vulnerabilities. Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) bought
and disclosed more vulnerabilities in 2018 than ever before, including
224 percent more Industrial Control System bugs. This is particularly
significant for organizations that struggle to implement patches across
their systems. While zero-day exploits are less and less common, known
vulnerabilities were used to execute the largest attacks in 2018. These
tactics rely on vulnerabilities that have had patches available for
months, even years, yet remain exposed in corporate networks.

Another strong indicator of how the threat landscape is shifting can be
seen in the types of threats that decline. Ransomware detections
decreased by 91 percent compared to 2017, along with a 32 percent
decrease in new ransomware families. This reinforces the shift in attack
tactics, as ransomware does not require extensive planning, technical
skills or ingenuity due to the large number of resources available for
malicious hackers in the cybercriminal underground.

Trend Micro’s ongoing research and most advanced threat intelligence
influences future product enhancements to ensure customers remain a step
ahead of malicious actors.

To find out more on the key developments in the 2018 threat landscape,
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About Trend Micro

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helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our
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Erin Johnson

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