Here’s When It’s Not Good to Be a Member of the 1%

February, 17, 2016 Franklyn Jones

In case you missed it, Panda Security recently released a great report that summarizes the continued growth of malware and cyber attacks that the company tracked and recorded globally in 2015.

During the course of the year, Panda detected and neutralized 84 million new strains of malware, never before seen. That equates to about 230,000 new pieces of malware each day. Or, if you want to be more granular, that’s about 160 new strains every minute of every day, 365 days a year.

This raises at least three questions worth considering:

Wow, is the insane growth of new malware ever going to end?

I’m not a prognosticator, but I’m guessing—No. At the end of the day, it’s a numbers game from the attacker's perspective. Their process is simple: develop 100 variations of a malware strain, launch 100 targeted attacks, measure results. Keep in mind that if 99% of their attack attempts are a miserable failure, that means they still win with just 1% success! After all, that’s all it takes to breach your network and get access to the good stuff. You don’t want to be a member of this 1% club.

Is it possible there was actually more than 84 million new strains created in 2015?

Yes, no question about that. The reason is simple. Even the very best network security products will never claim to be able to detect and block literally 100% of known or unknown web malware—not going to happen. The headlines we read about successful new cyber attacks provide evidence that some malware is simply undetectable—even by great security products. So yes, there is almost certainly a significant number of new strains that have not yet been detected.

So should we assume that we’ll eventually be a victim of a web malware attack?

It depends. On one hand, if you continue to rely on traditional detection-based technologies, unfortunately we all know that—as good as they are—they will eventually miss malware that is simply undetectable. On the other hand, if you’re the type that’s willing to think differently about security architecture and technologies, then there actually is a way to stop web malware attacks.

The innovation is called Isolation Technology, and it does not try to detect anything. Instead, it simply assumes all web content is bad, and isolates everything outside your network—with no possibility of any original web content gaining access to your internal systems and endpoints—Web malware problem solved.

Yes, it is a radically different approach. But it works. Learn more by downloading the Dummies Guide to Malware Isolation.

Franklyn Jones, CMO, Spikes Security


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