A newly released threat report, tracking the biggest trends in the cybercriminal landscape, shows that attackers have been capitalizing on the global pandemic in various ways – from ransomware to web-based malware.
Derek Manky, Chief, Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances at Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs, said that the semi-annual FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape Report [PDF] for the first half of 2020, released Wednesday, illustrates an “unprecedented cyber threat landscape.”
“This [report] is particularly significant,” he said. “Typically, we see large threat movements over the course of years, but we’ve seen that in the course of six months now, thanks to the new normal of the global pandemic.”
For instance, the perimeter has rapidly extended to the home with more employees working remotely, and “as people and technology shift so too do the cybercriminals,” said Manky, with cybercriminals launching a slew of web based and browser attacks. In this week’s Threatpost podcast, Manky talks about the biggest takeaways from FortiGuard Labs’ recent report – including a spike in ransomware, operational technology (OT) security issues and more.
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