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A single malware attack remedy can cost more than $2,000

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To remedy a malware attack, businesses need to shell out, on average, $2,300 per attack. This is according to a new report by Arbor Networks. 

The report, produced in partnership with research organisation 451 Research, says spear phishing attacks are still most successful of all the different methods of entry. 

However, they won’t stick with spear phishing if it doesn’t work. They will use whatever is cheap, free or available as long as it works. 

Financial and identity frauds are losing popularity, the report says, as cybercriminals move towards more profitable and less complex strategies. 

“We have produced a very compelling paper with valuable insights and specific recommendations to enhance your security posture. Attackers are more likely to think, act and use the tools of an IT administrator than those of a Hollywood movie hacker,” said Scott Crawford, Director for the Information Security Channel at 451 Research. 

“They don’t rely on malware, custom or commodity. They don’t attack from the outside in. They work from the inside out. They use common IT tools to access and escalate through internal systems. As an industry, we need to think more like the adversary with less emphasis on tools and more on attacker strategy.”

The goal of the report is to educate businesses on what their adversaries look like and how they behave. Arbor Networks and 451 Research have interviewed several white-hats experienced in dealing with the black-hat side of things from different roles, including incident responders, malware researchers, penetration testers and security veterans. 

You can find the full report on this link (opens in new tab)

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.