Australian organisations under constant malware attack


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 08 July, 2019



Australian organisations under constant malware attack

Organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore are facing frequent malware attacks, with cloud security company Zscaler revealing that it blocks 1.5 million malware attempts per week on the Zscaler cloud across the three markets.

Predictably due to the difference in the size of the population between the markets, Australia is the most heavily targeted of the three. Some 42% of blocked attacks were aimed at Australian organisations, compared to 35% for Singapore and 23% for New Zealand.

But among the 150,000 botnet attacks detected across the region per week, 73% were directed at Singaporean organisations, compared to just 26% for Australia and 1% for New Zealand.

“Cybercriminals continue to develop new, more sophisticated attack methods, and they are carrying them out with astonishing frequency,” Zscaler Country Manager Budd Ilic said.

“Enterprises in the Asia–Pacific region need to partner with cloud providers that provide inline inspection of all traffic, including encrypted traffic at scale, to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a costly and damaging incursion.”

Globally, Zscaler’s security cloud detects and prevents 125 million threats worldwide daily and receives 120,000 unique security updates per day, Ilic said.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Leo Lintang

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