Every year we summarize and analyze all the malware incidents encountered by our 400 million plus users and blocked by the Avast threat detection network. We identify the newest attack trends and publish the data in our annual Risk Report. Fresh off the press, The Avast Global PC Risk Report 2020 includes this year’s learnings, and one of the biggest takeaways is that malware attacks on businesses have gone up worldwide.
Last year, the average risk globally of a small or medium-sized business (SMB) encountering malware was 11%. Over the last 12 months, that risk has risen to 15%. Despite the use of IT measures and protections, many company servers are still vulnerable. Our data showed that the country where business users were most likely to encounter threats was Vietnam with a risk ratio of 45.93%, followed by Bangladesh, Indonesia, and China. The country facing the least business user threats was Ireland with a 10.79% risk. Others in the “least at risk” category include Sweden, Finland, and the U.K.
Threats causing a single incident and coming from pre-existing malicious code are considered “simple threats.” The more sophisticated ones that come from organized groups like nation-state hackers are known as “advanced threats.” While the risk of being targeted by an advanced threat is relatively low for an SMB, it did go up in 2020, rising from last year’s 3% to this year’s 5%.
“The rate of innovation within businesses is only outpaced by the rapidly evolving global threat landscape,” said Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons. “Businesses need to take a layered security approach to ensure they’re protected on the network as well as at endpoints, as a means of mitigating against the prevalent and advanced threats outlined in our report.”
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