A new report released by Kaspersky Lab shows that the number of cyber-attacks using flaws in software increased by nearly 25 percent, to over 702 million attempts last year.

There were 702,026,084 attempts to launch an exploit in 2016 alone, according to the report that also showed that 347,966 users were attacked with exploits in 2016.

The number of corporate users encountering an exploit increased by 28.35 percent, totaling in at 690,557 users. Applications most often exploited were browsers, the Windows and Android operating systems and Microsoft Office.

While the number of corporate users increased drastically, private users who encountered an exploit attack decreased significantly by over 20 percent- from 5.4 million users in 2015 to 4.3 million in 2016.

Researchers have concluded that this is due in part to some of the most popular exploits leaving the underground in 2016, including the Neutrino and Angler exploit kits. This heavily impacted the overall exploit threat landscape as many cybercriminal groups seemingly lost their ability to spread the malware.

Any server deployed in its default state will naturally be lacking in even basic security defenses. This leaves the system vulnerable to compromise. In order to mitigate potential exploits, it is vital that servers are hardened.

All governance, regulatory and compliance standards such as NIST SP 800-53, SOX, NERC CIP, ISO27001, PCI DSS, DISA STIG and HIPAA all call for strong cybersecurity defenses, with a hardened build standard at the core. NNT Change Tracker is one of an elite group of products certified by the Center for Internet Security to deliver an accurate CIS Hardening Checklist audit of server and database platforms.


Read this article on SCMagazine



The Most Powerful & Reliable Cybersecurity Products

change tracker gen7r2 logo

Change Tracker Gen 7R2: Complete configuration and system integrity assurance combined with the most comprehensive and intelligent change control solution available.

FAST Cloud logo

Fast Cloud: Leverage the world’s largest whitelist repository to automatically evaluate and verify the authenticity of file changes in real-time with NNT FAST™ (File Approved-Safe Technology)

vulnerability tracker logo

Vulnerability Tracker: The world’s only limitless and unrestricted vulnerability scanning solution with unparalleled accuracy and efficiency, protecting your IT assets on premises, in the cloud and mobile endpoints.

log tracker logo

Log Tracker: Comprehensive and easy to use security information & event log management with intelligent & self-learning correlation technology to highlight potentially harmful activity in seconds

Contact Us

Corporate Headquarters

6160 Warren Parkway, Suite 100
Frisco, Texas, 75034

Phone 1: 1-949-407-5125

Phone 2: 888-638-9749 (toll-free)

[email protected]

United Kingdom

5 New Street Square
London EC4A 3TW

Phone: +44 (0) 203 588 3023

 [email protected]
SC Magazine Cybersecurity 500 CSGEA Winners 2021 CIS benchmarking SEWP Now Certified IBM Security
Copyright 2024, New Net Technologies LLC. All rights reserved. 
NNT and Change Tracker are registered trademarks of New Net Technologies LLC.
All other product, company names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.