SonicWall has revealed its ‘Cyber Threat Report’, which recorded an 18.4% year on year increase in the number of malware attacks last year taking the total to 9.32bn.
The research did however demonstrate ransomware attacks have reduced over the last two years, down to 184m from 645m, but the number of new Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) totalled 14,500 increasing by 101.2%.
European regions did not fall far behind, with 37% of attacks happening there in 2017.
This increase has allowed more opportunities for cybercriminals to hide malicious content in encrypted traffic.
In total 60 file-based malware propagation attempts were found per SonicWall firewall each day.
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