It’s been a couple of weeks since you got home from the IT Nation event in Orlando, so you’ve had time to work through the inevitable backlog of emails (and work off the calories from that airport Cinnabon® you just couldn’t resist). Speaking of treats, we enjoyed meeting so many TSPs at the conference and hope our breakout session, “Covering Your Clients’ A$$ets: Security for Next-Gen IT Threats,” helped explain why collective threat intelligence is vital to maximizing the effectiveness of your endpoint security solution.
As Webroot’s Tyler Moffitt discussed in his thought-provoking presentation, the current threat landscape is so dynamic and volatile that reactive, old-school AV solutions simply can’t keep up. The key to staying one step ahead of the bad guys is to employ a predictive infection prevention model that continuously analyzes trending threats and provides insights into how to defeat them.
Of course, that’s easier said than done—unless you have the unique power of the Webroot Collective Threat Intelligence Platform at your fingertips. Utilizing data captured by millions of Webroot-secured networks and devices across the globe, it enables Webroot endpoint protection solutions to quickly identify and block vastly more infections than conventional signature-based AV products.
And there’s another benefit as well; we regularly share the learnings we glean from this collective threat intelligence in our Webroot Quarterly Threat Update reports. In the most recent (September 2016) edition, we discovered some welcome surprises (a reduction in total malware incidents) along with a few worrisome ones (enormous growth in malicious mobile apps).
Users are over 20 percent less likely to encounter malware and other undesirable executable files than they were in 2015. However, attacks from malware are more sophisticated and short-lived.
When it comes to new phishing attacks, Google and Wells Fargo are the most targeted technology and financial companies, respectively. Wells Fargo was targeted over 10 times as often in June as it was in January.
The number of new malicious Android® apps is expected to quintuple in 2016 compared to 2015.
The United States now hosts over 40 percent of malicious URLs, while Germany’s share of malicious URLs is increasing rapidly and China’s share plummets.
Nearly half of all malicious IP addresses are associated with China, India, or Vietnam.
As a TSP, your ability to effectively safeguard your clients depends on keeping up-to-date on the latest threat trends—and how to combat them. Armed with the kind of information we include in our Quarterly Threat Update reports, you’ll be better equipped to choose an optimal endpoint protection solution that can deliver comprehensive security, both today and in the future.
To see a more detailed picture of the threat trends discussed above, we highly recommend you download the complete September 2016 Webroot Quarterly Threat Update report. Packed with informative charts and graphs, it also helps you quickly drill down to the malware trends that are most relevant to your particular clients.