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2018 Internet Security Report Shows Mac Users Now More Vulnerable

American tech firm Symantec recently released its 2018 Internet Security Threat Report. As usual, the report does an excellent job of detailing the increasingly complex and pervasive world of internet security threats.

Some of the biggest threats in 2017 came from the WannaCry ransomware attack and the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities. All three have had and continue to have a global impact on companies of all sizes and they are detailed in the 2018 Internet Security Threat Report.

We studied Symantec’s 90-page 2018 report and found many startling statistics that should make all small to medium-size business owners take note, given that a full 80 percent are inadequately protected against data, email or network attacks. Here’s a look at some of what we found.

92 percent increase in types of malware Cybercriminals are introducing new ways to attack computers and networks every day. As attacks are squashed, a dozen of new ones pop-up in their place. This is further proof of the need for constant malware vigilance in all businesses.

80 percent increase in Apple malware Apple products were once considered to be virtually impenetrable when it comes to outside attack. The market share of Apple products was once low enough to keep attackers from paying much attention to Apple products. However, as more and more of the world turn to Apple products like the iPhone and Mac computers, criminals have taken notice.

More spam email The amount of spam email received in inboxes has risen by a full 2 percent over the past three years. The average American can now mark 55 percent of all emails as spam. If you do open your spam email on occasion, be sure not to click any links because you could be opening yourself to malware or spyware attack.

46 percent increase in ransomware attacks Like Malware, cybercriminals are constantly looking for new ways to scam companies or endpoint users. With the rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, criminals have found new anonymous ways to ransom your information, thus leading to even more ransomware attacks.

Where do the attacks come from? Internet attacks come from a variety of countries all over the world. However, the Symantec report shows that China leads the way as the country of origin with 21 percent of attacks, the U.S. is next with 11 percent, Brazil at 7 percent and Russia at 6 percent.

Overall, Symantec’s  2018 Internet Security Threat Report continues to show that virtually no one is 100 percent protected against attack. However, there are many simple and effective steps your business can take to help prevent becoming a victim, including those recommended by the IT Managed Service Providers at BKS Systems. 

If you are one of 80 percent of small to medium-size business owners with little to no protection, contact Chicago IT consultants BKS Systems today to get on the path to securing your company from cyber attack.

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