AppRiver Releases 2015 Year-End Global Security Report

Company examines the year's biggest cybersecurity threats; discusses legislation designed to protect networks from malicious threats


GULF BREEZE, Fla., Jan. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email messaging and Web security solutions, today released its year-end Global Security Report, a detailed summary and analysis of the malware and spam trends of 2015.

In total, AppRiver quarantined 944 million messages containing malware from January to November, and an additional 705 million in December alone, doubling the number of malware messages from 2014. The security vendor also quarantined 26 billion spam messages in its filters.

"The Protecting Cyber Networks and National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Acts will incentivize companies to share cyber threat information with U.S. government agencies," says co-author and manager of security research, Troy Gill. "The goal is to prevent future attacks by sharing threat intelligence through joint efforts of government agencies and companies."

While the cybersecurity bills have been passed, there were plenty of troubling attacks that kept security professionals busy:

  • Attacks: Macros, ransomware, wire transfer fraud, JavaScript obfuscation constituted some of the most prevalent attacks on consumers and businesses in 2015. These attacks often came directly to individuals' inboxes through spear phishing and spoofing attempts. The report also devotes special video segments focused on macros malware attacks, wire transfer fraud, and ransomware.
  • Data Breaches: Anthem, Premera, LastPass, Ashley Madison, Experian, and the Office of Personnel Management were some of the biggest breaches of 2015. The OPM data breach resulted in more than 18 million current and former federal employees' records being breached, while the insurance company breaches resulted in more than 90 million patients' health records being compromised.

Report co-author, Jon French, adds, "This year featured personal attacks on consumers, as cybercriminals favored personal data, such as health insurance records, online dating profiles, and HR files over financial information, such as credit card accounts and routing numbers. Cybercriminals are likely using this information to form detailed consumer profiles on the Dark Web for future attacks, like spear phishing and blackmail."

To read more, visit AppRiver's 2015 Global Security Report at

About AppRiver

AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider offering award-winning email and Web security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from today's increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, email encryption and Web protection on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete managed service for Microsoft Exchange, as well as a bundled Office 365 solution. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 93% customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than 47,000 companies and 8.5 million mailboxes worldwide. The company maintains offices in Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, Switzerland and Spain, and is led by an Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award winner. To learn more, visit AppRiver online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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