Netskope Threat Research Reveals More Than Two-Thirds of Malware Downloads Came From Cloud Apps in 2021
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Netskope, the SASE leader, today released the Netskope Cloud and Threat Spotlight: January 2022, which revealed new research highlighting the continued growth of malware and other malicious payloads delivered by cloud applications. The year-over-year analysis identifies the top trends in cloud attacker activities and cloud data risks from 2021 as compared to 2020, and examines changes in the malware landscape throughout 2021, highlighting that attackers are achieving more success delivering malware payloads to their victims and offering advice for improving security posture in 2022.
The research showed that more than two-thirds of malware downloads came from cloud apps in 2021 and identified Google Drive as the app with the most malware downloads, taking the spot from Microsoft OneDrive. The research also uncovered an increase in malicious Office documents from 19% to 37% of all malware downloads, all pointing to a rise in cloud application security risks. The report further shows that more than half of all managed cloud app instances are targeted by credential attacks.
The 2021 Netskope Cloud and Threat Spotlight is the latest in a series of regular research reports published by Netskope Threat Labs, which analyzes critical trends in enterprise cloud service and app use, web and cloud-enabled threats, and cloud data migrations and transfers. As the workforce becomes more distributed and stretches the limits of network and data security, organizations must apply modern security controls, such as Security Service Edge (SSE)-led architectures, to enable users the freedom to securely move about the cloud.
Based on anonymized data collected from the Netskope Security Cloud across millions of users worldwide from January 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021, key findings of the 2021 Cloud & Threat Spotlight include:
The Netskope Cloud and Threat Spotlight is produced by Netskope Threat Labs, a team composed of the industry's foremost cloud threat and malware researchers who discover and analyze the latest cloud threats affecting enterprises.
Get the full Netskope Cloud and Threat Spotlight here.
For additional information, the security community can access, engage with, and learn from Netskope's threat researchers and the insight that the Netskope Security Cloud Platform affords into the evolving cloud threat landscape by visiting Netskope's Threat Research Hub.
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