Network security solutions provider WatchGuard Technologies has announced the findings of its quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the latest computer and network security threats affecting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises.
The report revealed that despite an overall drop in general malware detection for the quarter, Linux malware made up more than 36% of the top threats identified in Q1 2017.
This attack pattern demonstrates the urgent need for heightened security measures to protect Linux servers and Linux-dependent IoT devices.
“This new Firebox Feed data allows us to feel the pulse of the latest network attacks and malware trends in order to identify patterns that influence the constantly evolving threat landscape,” says Corey Nachreiner, WatchGuard Technologies chief technology officer.
“The Q1 report findings continue to reinforce the importance and effectiveness of basic security policies, layered defences and advanced malware prevention.”
WatchGuard’s Internet Security Report is based on anonymised Firebox Feed data from more than 26,500 active WatchGuard UTM appliances worldwide, designed to offer educational insights, research and security recommendations.
Key findings from the Q1 2017 report include: