Trend Micro’s innovations blocked more than 5 million threats in Oman during 2020

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, released its 2020 Annual Cybersecurity report: A Constant State of Flux. The report shares insights from last year’s threat landscape and provides strategic guidance for leaders to protect and navigate their organisations better in the new normal.

The global insights reveal that Trend Micro blocked 62.6 billion threats last year, 91% of which were email-borne. The findings also cited an average of 119,000 cyber threats detected per minute in 2020 as home workers and infrastructure came under new pressure from attacks.

Across Oman, Trend Micro solutions detected and blocked over 3.4 million (3,402,938) email threats, prevented 1.2 million (1,249,344) malicious URL victim attacks, and over 8,000 (8,038) URL hosts. In addition, over 5,00,000 malware attacks were identified and stopped, while more than 280 online related banking malware threats were blocked.

The report also shows that home networks in Oman were a major draw for cybercriminals looking to pivot to corporate systems, devices, and networks. Across the country, Trend Micro’s Smart Home Network (SHN) solutions blocked over 570,000 inbound and outbound attacks combined, preventing over 1.3 million (1,343,358) such SHN events for hackers to target or control home devices from executing malware, obtaining sensitive information, intercepting communications, or launching external attacks.

“The findings from our annual security report underlines the existence of a new-age threat landscape that has rapidly evolved in the past year,” said Assad Arabi, Managing Director, Trend Micro Gulf Cluster. “Crisis like the coronavirus pandemic has not only accelerated digital journeys for organizations in Oman but has also heralded an alarming need to have a strong cybersecurity posture. To achieve faster business growth in the new digital economy, enterprises need to make cybersecurity a critical component of their trajectory that will empower them to combat threats across all environments efficiently.”

In its efforts to ensure secured digital transformation journeys of organizations in Oman, Trend Micro has been working closely with public and private sectors to create awareness and bridge the gaps. Earlier this year, the company launched its Trend Micro Vision OneTMplatform to empower security teams in adopting a new approach that goes beyond – to provide enhanced visibility, threat intelligence, with extended detection and response at every layer of their IT environments.