SC Media: Why file-borne malware has become the weapon of choice for attacks
We can always count on human error: it only takes one successful hack. Once one unsuspecting employee unleashes the hidden malware, it doesn’t take long until the entire enterprise network becomes infected. Mimecast reports that 74% of companies experienced malware activity that spread from one employee to another in 2021, up from 61% in 2020. They attribute the increase to distracted employees working from home and the growing sophistication of these schemes.
And the motivation? While state-sponsored cyber-terror strikes fear in the heart of every CIO, more often, it’s money that’s motivating these threat actors. And not the kind of money they can earn from ethical hacking. Today, ransomware reigns. In its 2021 State of Email Security Report, Mimecast found that business-disrupting ransomware attacks are on the rise, with 61% of companies falling victim in 2021, up from 51% in 2020.