By Chris Herrera, CISSP, Senior Security Solutions Architect, Verizon Media, and Harry Wan, CISSP, CCSK, Director Cloud Security Professional Services, Verizon Media
The lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the world's move to the Internet. Businesses, from banks to retailers, are delivering more of their services via the cloud and web. Students from elementary school to college are participating in online learning. Entertainment companies are turning to streaming for their hottest releases. By the end of next year, it's estimated that 30% of employees will be working from home.1 Depending on the region, year-over-year Internet usage has increased by up to 70%.2 And total streaming minutes in the U.S. were up 85% year-over-year.3
As the acceleration to online continues, it affords new opportunities for both legitimate businesses and cyber criminals. Web threats range from sophisticated state-sponsored attacks to hackers taking advantage of targets of opportunity, such as individuals working from home not having proper security technology or not following their company's security protocols. We explore the threat to enterprises in our Q2 2020 Managed Web Security Report.
In a single quarter, our cloud-based security service collected terabytes of data on the more than one billion threats we mitigated. These threats can cause significant damage to your infrastructure, confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data delivered over the Internet.
The advancement of attack tools and low-cost cloud servers has resulted in less-sophisticated attackers launching automated attacks using freely available tools that make it easier to exploit common vulnerabilities. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that many threats in this quarter's report remain on the list year after year.
Safely serve your customers. Download our Managed Web Security Report to see the individual cyber threat trends and how Verizon Media's security products can help protect your websites, online applications, and API endpoints.