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Threat risk rises 24%, says Avast study


It’s easier for business users to face a cyber threat: the probability of this happening has increased around the world, according to Avast statistics. The probability increased from 11.25% to 13.9%. Between one number and the other there is an increase of 24%. These numbers were calculated by Avast based on the statistics of the endpoints it protects around the world and are part of the latest Global Risk Report for PCs. The report analyzes the threats for PCs blocked in March and April 2021, and compared to the same period in 2020. In relation to Brazil, the report points out the probability of a corporate user finding any type of PC malware is 17.52% .

Brazil’s risk is much lower than that of other countries, as indicated in the left column of the table below. Geographies with more conflicting socio-political situations also seem to be facing more risks in the online world. Asian countries are among the top countries where companies are most at risk, followed by Africa and Eastern Europe.

Top 10 countries where business users are most at risk of encountering threats:

All Threats Top 10 Most Risk Countries: Corporate Users Advanced Threats Top 10 Most Risk Countries:Corporate Users
Armenia (39.75%)
China (35.66%)
Vietnam (35.48%)
Republic of Korea (32.61%)
United Republic of Tanzania (30.98%)
Croatia (30.02%)
Bangladesh (29.89%)
Taiwan (29.25%)
Indonesia (29.21%)
Hong Kong (29.09%)
Armenia (18.75%)
Vietnam (17.82%)
China (8.85%)
Bangladesh (8.35%)
Slovenia (8.15%)
Republic of Korea (7.10%)
Ghana (6.17%)
United Republic of Tanzania (5.54%)
Philippines (4.57%)
Nigeria (4.44%)

“In the pandemic, allowing the team to work from home in such a short time brought serious challenges to business security. Not all companies were prepared with secure corporate VPNs and remote access solutions, and cybercriminals took advantage of this. We’ve seen an increase in remote desktop protocol abuse, and specifically we’ve seen ransomware attacks become more prevalent,” comments Michal Salat, Director of Threat Intelligence at Avast. “Overall, the risk rate of companies encountering malware attacks has increased around the world.”

The report also analyzes the risk of “advanced” threats reaching companies. Avast defines the most sophisticated or never-before-seen threats as “advanced” threats designed to bypass common protection technologies included in security software such as signatures, heuristics, emulators, URL filtering and email scanning. For this type of threat, in the reporting period, corporate users in Brazil had a risk rate of 3.43%. Compared to the global average (2.29%), corporate users in Brazil are at a higher risk of encountering advanced threats.

Source: CisoAdvisor

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