In the past few weeks a clutch of reports have been released about malware trends during 2018. While the figures differ between each survey clear trends have emerged.

For instance the volume of attacks has grown. One company recorded 10.52 billion malware attacks in 2018 via a network of one million sensors deployed across business customers’ networks. While these figures can never be truly accurate they are certainly close enough to establish benchmarks.

For instance, it’s interesting to note that the volume of global ransomware reached 206.4 million attacks which was an 11 percent year-on-year increase.  This surge was largely the result of malware creators mixing and matching different ransomware components to create new strains which are harder to identify and block.

This underscores the need for security software that provides zero-day protection, that is, it guards against new strains of malware that have not previously been detected, including ransomware.

Attacks on Internet of Things devices are also growing fast, although from a low base. Just over 32.7 million IoT attacks were recorded in 2018, a 217.5 percent increase over the 10.3 million IoT attacks logged in 2017.
Apparently 27 million of these attacks were directed at routers, with the remaining attacks targeted mainly at IP cameras.

If anything, these figures show the importance of not being complacent when it comes to protecting yourself online. By any measure over 10 billion malware attacks in one year is staggeringly high, reveals just how prolific cyber-villains are and underscores the need for ongoing protection.