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Over 4mn cyber threats detected and blocked

30 Nov 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Trend Micro solutions has detected and blocked over 2mn (2,158,295) email threats, prevented over 1.8mn (1,875,671) malicious URL victim attacks, and over 16,980 URL hosts in Oman. In addition, 333,459 malware attacks were identified and stopped.

In its Midyear Security Roundup for H1 2021, Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions that shares insights on the evolved threat landscape in the first half of the year and provides strategic guidance for leaders to protect their organisations in the digital economy, stated that globally it blocked 40.9bn email threats, malicious files, and malicious URLs for customers in H1 2021, with a 47 per cent year-on-year increase.

Ransomware remained the standout threat in the first half of the year as cybercriminals continued to target big-name victims. They used Advanced Persistent Threat tools and techniques to steal and encrypt victims’ data. The banking industry was disproportionately affected, experiencing a 1,318 per cent year-on-year increase in ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021.

The report also shows that home networks in Oman were a major attraction for cybercriminals looking to pivot to corporate systems, devices and networks.

Trend Micro’s Smart Home Network (SHN) solutions blocked 10,917 SHN inbound and outbound attacks combined, preventing 566,627 such SHN events for hackers to target or control home devices from executing malware, obtaining sensitive information, intercepting communications, or launching external attacks.

“Cybersecurity has become an integral part of the boardroom discussions today, and has emerged as an important component of the growth strategy for any business,” said Assad Arabi, managing director, Trend Micro Gulf Cluster. The Trend Micro mid-year-round up report shares insights on the evolved threat posture and highlights the need for enterprises to re-look at their cybersecurity strategy to strengthen their stance against the evolving threat landscape. The report provides necessary guidance for chief information security officers to take appropriate measures to develop a digitally secured environment for their businesses to thrive in the country.”

Trend Micro has been collaborating with the public and private sectors to raise awareness and resolve gaps to enable secure digital transformation journeys for organisations in Oman. The company is at the forefront in introducing new security solutions for businesses.

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