In the first half of 2018, encrypted cyber attacks ascended to record highs, according to the SonicWall’s 2018 Cyber Threat Report. If this doesn’t grab your attention, trust us, it should. Encrypted cyber attacks are a real, growing threat to small businesses in Ireland.

Ok, so what does this mean exactly?

In 2017, 68% of web traffic sessions used encryption – that is TLS/SSL encryption, the protocols you’ve come to recognise and expect on secure websites:

Screenshot of SSL Secure Website - DC Networks

If your organisation isn’t able to evaluate this kind of encrypted traffic, you could be open to cyber attacks, in what are called ‘file-based attacks’. In 2017 alone, the average business, conducting a very standard range of online operations, could already have been exposed to around 900 potential attacks – without knowing anything about it!

This is because these threats are cloaked by the encryption, so many antivirus software and firewalls can’t scan them.

Why does your business need to be aware of this trend?

We’re not here to create panic, but cyber attacks, malware, and encrypted malware can derail your business, but only if you don’t have the right protection in place.

You can protect your business from these kinds of attacks, and protect yourself at home as well, with a firewall capable of handling encrypted data. The right firewall will ensure your business has the protection and security processes that it needs to keep running, without risk and importantly, without delay.

What can you do?

So, what can you do to make sure you’re not at risk of an encrypted cyber attack? Firstly, ask yourself the following questions, and if you don’t have the answers, speak to your IT team or speak to one of our staff about them and evaluating your protection from these types of attacks:

  • Does your firewall decrypt encrypted traffic for inspection (DPI-SSL)?
    If not, encrypted malware could be lurking in your systems, gathering data or biding its time to launch a ransomware attack
  • Is your firewall slowing down your business processes by scanning encrypted traffic too slowly?
    Your business needs to run efficiently, so there’s no point in being able to protect yourself from threats if you can’t protect your business from critical disruptions.
  • Can your firewall be scaled for DPI-SSL whilst maintaining performance?
    If you’re protected from encrypted threats that’s great, but if you have plans to grow your business or scale your operations, it’s important to know your system won’t prevent you from doing so effectively.

Need help?

If you need help evaluating your protection levels, speak to one of our team today about a firewall solution for your business on or ask your internal IT team if you’re covered from this evolving threat.

The Encrypted Malware Cycle

If you want to know more about encrypted threats and how they work, this infographic should help you to understand the encrypted malware cycle – how it can penetrate their business and how a firewall as a service option such as SonicWall can protect you without slowing your business down.

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Encrypted Malware Infographic - DC Networks