Attacks on web apps increased by 52% in 2019. There is a way to protect yourself.

A study from SonicWall disclosed that cyberattacks on web applications were up by 52% in 2019. The majority of the attacks were likely conducted with the aim of obtaining financial and personal information.

Web applications such as Slack, Microsoft 365, G Suite, Salesforce, and Dropbox have become a new focus of interest for cybercriminals. These web applications are basically used to deliver cloud-first interfaces or offer web versions to complement on-premise software.

However, attackers can abuse them to get easy access to victim networks and systems.

Putting a Web Application Firewall in place will protect your web apps and keep you safe.

Some other interesting key findings:

According to the report, there were a total of 9.9 million malware attacks during 2019. Out of this, 187.9 million were detected as ransomware attacks.

Encrypted threats increased by 27%, thus endangering the security posture of organizations. IoT attacks were up by 5%, accounting for around 34.3 million attacks of the total malware attacks.

Cryptojacking attacks had fallen by 78% in the second half of 2019. This decline in percentage is attributed to the shutting down of Coinhive and the pivot of some crypto hackers into more targeted attack vectors.


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