COMMERCE, MI. (May 13, 2020) – Nuspire, a leading Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), today announced the release of its latest Quarterly Threat Landscape Report, mapping cybercriminal activity and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) over the first quarter of 2020.
As the world closed its doors and embraced the “new normal,” cybercriminals quickly adjusted their strategies to capitalize on the world’s changing behaviors, which has, undoubtably, created new security challenges. Mirroring the dramatic changes in the remote workforce, Nuspire researchers observed cybercriminals targeting known exploits in VPN, IoT and authentication technology—overall, vulnerability exploitation increased over the quarter by 6.3%. Additionally, phishing attempts more than doubled (141%) over the last three months.
“Cybercriminals are not above taking advantage or people during these unprecedented times. Unfortunately, current events provide cybercriminals with the perfect environment for malicious activity and exploiting users across the globe,” said Lewie Dunsworth, CEO of Nuspire. “No organization wants to fall victim to a cyberattack, but companies are being forced to quickly react to keep businesses operational and potentially creating risk for themselves as part of the process. While attention is focused on saving lives, connecting with others and keeping up business operations, we remain committed to helping our clients when they need us most.”
Nuspire witnessed an overall increase in malware activity (7%), with several dramatic spikes throughout the quarter. Most notably, there was a 179% increase in activity from the quarterly low during the week of Jan 24-31 as a result of the resurgence of reported phishing campaigns spreading Microsoft Word macro-based trojans.
Other notable findings in the report include:
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Nuspire, a leading Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), is revolutionizing the cybersecurity experience by taking a people first approach to cybersecurity solutions. Nuspire’s award winning product portfolio serves thousands of enterprises of all sizes across multiple industries, delivering the greatest risk reduction per cyber-dollar spent. Nuspire’s 24×7 Security Operations Centers (SOCs) and managed detection and response (MDR) service combines award-winning threat detection and response technology with human intelligence, providing end-to-end protection across the gateway, network and endpoint ecosystem. Nuspire pioneered distributed, managed security services within the enterprise, franchise and industrial market.